Reprinted with permission from Alternet
In Ohio, former State Treasurer Josh Mandel is among the far-right Republicans competing in the Buckeye State's 2022 U.S. Senate race. And the Trump loyalist is being slammed by critics following a Friday, August 20 visit to an Ohio brewery where he praised an employee for going to work sick.
The brewery that Mandel visited was Inside the Five in Perrysburg, Ohio, where he met an employee named Brianne. Mandel later tweeted a photo of himself with his arm around Brianne, writing, "Even though Brianne was sick today, she came to work because she knew they were short servers. These are the type of American workers that make our country strong."
PERRYSBURG, OH — @InsideTheFive is a cool brewery started by two NFL vets. Great food and spirited waitresses! Eve… https://t.co/uuCIx1YsNa— Josh Mandel (@Josh Mandel)1629483633.0
Neither Mandel nor Brianne is wearing a mask in the August 20 photo. After co-owner Chris Morris found out that Brianne had been sick, he sent her home — stressing that he doesn't want employees to come to work when they're sick. And now, according to Ohio's 13 ABC, Morris is worried that his business will suffer because of the bad publicity Mandel has brought him.
Morris told 13 ABC, "Anytime we're shown in a bad light, it's upsetting to us, but we'll get through this."
Mandel has an embarrassing history of coronavirus denialism. On June 1, he tweeted a photo of himself burning a protective face mask, posting "FREEDOM":
On August 20, Mandel doubled down on saying that Brianne should have come to work sick — and he even attacked the brewery, posting:
Hey @InsideTheFive, instead of giving into the woke mob, how bout having your employee’s back and giving her a rais… https://t.co/5qmTHtCurH— Josh Mandel (@Josh Mandel)1629518082.0
Mandel is being inundated with negative tweets for encouraging risky behavior during a pandemic. Journalist Molly Jong-Fast posted:
Here are some more reactions:
@JoshMandelOhio @InsidetheFive You’re calling this ‘woke’? Employees should not come to work if they are sick. Especially during a pandemic— Michael Donohoe (@Michael Donohoe)1629551110.0
@MollyJongFast @JoshMandelOhio @InsidetheFive Where are their masks for heaven’s sake. Why are people allowed to g… https://t.co/ouZJ1ngL0p— karla tucker (@karla tucker)1629612187.0
@JoshMandelOhio @InsidetheFive Does she have covid? BTW...I am not going to visit any business where the employees… https://t.co/8a4CEKDPmf— Art Martin (@Art Martin)1629502706.0
@gartmartin9 @JoshMandelOhio @InsidetheFive As a former server and fast food worker you have absolutely eaten in a… https://t.co/zXD35uVBCo— 🏳️⚧️🏳️🌈 SHOTS & MASKS!! (@🏳️⚧️🏳️🌈 SHOTS & MASKS!!)1629544176.0
@JoshMandelOhio @InsidetheFive Cool cool cool Josh, letting everyone know that this restaurant allows sick workers… https://t.co/YjZkK09A98— Bye Rob Portman (@Bye Rob Portman)1629486488.0
@ByeRobPortman @JoshMandelOhio @InsidetheFive Also, I do not see them wearing face masks... Huh? Whatever she has n… https://t.co/ZA4F6jiJ2I— AnnéLeonard (@AnnéLeonard)1629575145.0
@JoshMandelOhio @InsidetheFive Hey, who wants to go to grab some drinks and food at place where we can be served by… https://t.co/5789Saq8cj— Shannon Hoffman (@Shannon Hoffman)1629552883.0
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