‘I Wasn’t on the Conga Line’

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David Brand, reporting for The Queens Daily Eagle:

James Trent, chair of the affiliated Queens Village Republican
Club, was admitted to North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset
where he is recovering from COVID-19, he said from his hospital
room Wednesday morning.

Trent said he first began experiencing COVID symptoms two days
after attending the Dec. 9 party, which featured a conga line of
maskless patrons dancing to the Bee Gees in a widely viewed
first reported by the Eagle.

Trent said he was surprised that he got COVID after attending the
party because he “wasn’t doing anything risky.”

“I wasn’t on the conga line. I ate by myself,” he said. “I don’t
know how I got this.”

Yeah, it’s a real fucking mystery.

After the event attracted national news coverage, the Whitestone
Republican Club issued a defiant statement on Facebook.

“Adults have the absolute right to make their own decisions, and
clearly many chose to interact like normal humans and not paranoid
zombies in hazmat suits,” the club wrote. “This is for some reason
controversial to the people who believe it’s their job to tell us
all what to do.”

Just delightful. Certainly not a death cult.