Gabe Brown is the mayor of Walton, Kentucky. He decided the best way to get his constituents to understand the importance of taking the threat of the coronavirus health crisis seriously was to be direct, very direct.
Gabe Brown used Facebook to reach out in a profane but clear Facebook message.
Brown posted, “Listen up dipsh*ts and sensible people. I may not have the best bedside manor. I may not put you at ease like the governor does, but I don’t care. You need to realize that this is a serious ordeal. In fact, it is a big f**king deal. Stay home!” Brown posted.
He added, “I didn’t give you information to induce panic. I gave you information so you’d be informed. Maybe, just maybe I am privy to information that you aren’t. I’m sorry for being the gossiping mayor. I’m tired of COVID-10 conference calls I take three a day plus one extra on the weekend with Kenton County. If you don’t like what I’m telling you then go buy some toilet paper. I pray every night that the state, county, and region that I love with all of my heart will stop doing nonsensical things. Treat this seriously. If you don’t then screw you. (F**k you is what I want to say, but I can’t.) This will pass. Take it seriously. It is here. Act like you have the virus and don’t spread it to other people. I have no doubt that it hasn’t already been here, but testing has been limited. More cases are coming. If you ignore this problem the worst thing that could happen is your mother, father, grandmother, grandfathers, aunts, and uncles could die. Be responsible if you don’t then screw you.”
Many of Brown’s Facebook followers appreciated his straight-forward take on the issue. There were some that felt the mayor took things too far. For those who felt his post was “over the top” Brown made another post.
“It has been brought to my attention that I may have, in fact, lost my s—. For that, I apologize. I probably could’ve handled all of your comments with a little more tact and professionalism,” Brown said. “Wash your hands you filthy animals.”
Over the weekend, Kentucky saw nearly 100 new cases in a 24-hour period. One of the new cases is a one-year-old child.