SocraticGadfly: Anti-mask COVID denialist Karen in Galveston (and also apparent Jan. 6 sedition backer)

March 13, 2021

Anti-mask COVID denialist Karen in Galveston (and also apparent Jan. 6 sedition backer)

So, just a day or so after Strangeabbott ends the mask mandate, we get THIS in Galveston.

A senior citizen, and White, 65-year-old Terry White, says she can't drive her big RV through bank drive-through, so comes inside, maskless.

Calls masks a "diaper" and claims that a disease that has killed more than 45,000 Texans and nearly 550,000 Americans doesn't exist.

Claims private property, as in the bank, is actually public property. (Let's all go crash in Terry White's "public property" RV!)

Refuses to leave, even when a cop is on the scene, and eventually gets arrested for criminal trespass and thank doorknob the resisting arrest charge was tacked on.

Doubles down on this and more in a Fox station interview afterward.

(Update: Wright was later arrested a second time for pulling the same shit a few days later at a Texas City Home Depot. Serious question: If she does this a third time, can she be charged with organized criminal activity?)

Bank offered her a mask but she refused it.

She doubles down on the "public property" angle by claiming her civil rights were violated.

She says if the bank teller had just been faster, she would have been done and out.

She says she was "pulling" an RV. Whether RV or fifth wheel, that meant it was hitched. She either could .have dropped hitch or never hooked up.

Beyond that, she says she was withdrawing all her money from the bank, but doesn't say it was because of their mask policy. So, lemme see, 65, White, likely snowbirding in Tex-ass for winter/early spring and rich-ish enough to be towing an RV with a big truck? (The arresting cop saying she was going to get a ticket for endangering her dog inside the vehicle, and that she didn't know Galveston had a "Nazi" law like that, plus an accent that sounds Ohio-ish backs me up on this.) No sympathy.


Update: I've now listened to the 13 minutes of bullshit on Fox Houston. Here's excerpts.

Interviewer: "With everything you went through, wouldn't it have been easier to put a mask on?"

Her: "This whole pandemic thing is a joke."

Interviewer: "You don't believe it's real?"

Her: "No, I do not believe it's real. ... If you guys would do your research."

She also apparently is a believer in the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine or similar, with her claim next that "One year ago ... Houston doctors ... came out and said ... we have a cure. Everybody we've given this to, it works."

(Yep, at about 11:15, she mentions HCQ.)

Next: "I think it's the flu. ... I had it, last January, before it was 'the COVID.'" Complete with air quotes.

Yeah, the pandemic that's killed 10 times as many people in a year as the flu does is just the flu. And, that's all just 7 minutes in.

If by "last January," she meant this year, or maybe even if she meant 2020, she probably DID have it if she was "really sick for three weeks." She then says "I haven't worn a mask the whole time I've been in Texas." Great. She apparently had COVID and was infecting others. You've got blood on your hands.

Next on the video, the interviewer explains that private biz can enforce mask rules.

Her: "It's not like I'm going in there shopping." More privilege. 

He again gets back to the bank policy at the end, and the police intervention, and?

Her: "I was already in there."

That HCQ mention near the end of the video also leads to a question of logic, which of course is generally lacking among conspiracy theorists.

How does one BOTH believe that COVID is not real AND that hydroxychloroquine is a cure?

Bonus: She's apparently a big enough MAGA to support sedition, as she talks about the "Congress rally" and it's clear she means Jan. 6, and of that, she claims: "Now there's a cover-up."

Her own words, contra one winger-type Republican who responded to me on Facebook. No "media exaggeration."


And, it's all bullshit. 

White probably supports "Law and Order," but only when applied to others. Indeed, this pseudo-woke person claimed "police brutality," too. So, a hypocrite as well. Definitely a hypocrite now that we see she's a sedition supporter.

And a liar on that, also. She's claiming that Galveston PD told her it was a private security guy at the bank. The Fox interviewer contradicts her.

Meanwhile, the wingnuts are rallying to her defense, including ignoring her hypocrisy. 

Let's see what "law and order" Stangeabbott and Goeb, that is Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick, have to say.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevado, speaking from the mainland, has already nailed it: "Please do not put police officers in this predicament."

I already looked for a Facebook page, and don't see that she has one; at a minimum, one didn't pop up quickly. I was going to see just how big of a wingnut she is.


Sidebar note: While Galveston Karen may be a MAGA, there are PLENTY of COVID denialists on the left of the spectrum. And, while she may support insurrection, there's a certain chunk of Greens (not sure if they would call themselves "leftist" or not) who, while (presumably) not supportive of the insurrection, HAVE called it a "psyops." And, as I've blogged about that, there are plenty of other Greens afraid of facing that issue.

Sidebar 2: White is from Grants Pass, Oregon. There's plenty of nutbars there. If a State of Jefferson were ever formed, it would be about in the center of it.


Lobo said...

Waiting for the gofundme campaign to commence, if it hasn't already.

Gadfly said...

Lobo, you got it. Will probably be connected with an appearance on Hannity.