Fox News Host Laura Ingraham took to Twitter yesterday to share a picture from Washington Dulles Airport in an effort to make a political point. She failed. Her tweet and the reactions to it remind me of how much I detest the season we are in.
Laura Ingraham Washington Dulles Tweet Causes A Kerfuffle
Here’s the tweet in question:
Dulles Airport midday. Think of all the lives and livelihoods liberal governors have destroyed with needless shutdowns and 24/7 panic pushing. Insane. pic.twitter.com/IIWJ7zXFnn
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) October 22, 2020
Don’t look to me to defend it, because I will not. That’s a picture of the Lufthansa counter, which of course is empty midday because it only opens three hours before check-in. Depending upon the day, LH419 to Frankfurt operates at 5:55pm or 7:00pm. Austrian flight OS94 to Vienna operates at 5:50pm. The Avianca counter next door was closed because AV239 to Bogota operates at 6:40am. The ANA counter next door would have been empty because NH101 to Tokyo Haneda departs at 12:15pm.
You get my point. The airport ticketing terminal tends to be empty at midday. Here’s a picture I took around the same place in the terminal:
Jason from MilesQuest mocks Ingraham, highlighting several tweets that explain the reason the terminal is empty is because Americans cannot travel anywhere outside the country right now.
See all those international airlines Laura? They arent operating because our country’s COVID numbers are insanely high. That’s on us and that’s on Trump. Needless? Yes.. because we could have done better. All these countries look at us now with pity and confusion
— rigby (@rigby411) October 22, 2020
That’s not true either. It just wasn’t check-in time. These flights are indeed operating.
I’m not making an equivalency argument, but my goodness, I detest the partisanship and the sloppiness displayed in both tweets. I truly detest it.
So my only request today is this: be discerning. Enough with the cheap and incendiary sniping. Does that really move us forward or is that not the goal?
Can we get this election over with already?