California GOP Delegates Contracted Norovirus, So Pretty Much Everyone’s Sick About The RNC

There’s a lot sickening things going on in Cleveland this week, including an outbreak of norovirus among RNC delegates. A group of almost a dozen California GOP delegates that arrived to the convention early as part of the advance team got sick after arriving in Ohio, and Stat News reports health officials confirmed they have norovirus Wednesday. So basically, the GOP’s discriminatory and offensive platform is even making Republicans sick.

The 11 infected Republicans are all California Republican Party staff members serving on the RNC planning committee and began showing symptoms of the extremely contagious virus Thursday. Norovirus causes violent vomiting and diarrhea as your stomach and/or intestines get inflamed and can be contracted from infected people or contaminated food, water, or surfaces.

Peter Schade, the Erie County health commissioner, told Stat News the California delegates brought it with them to Cleveland, though they’re unsure where it originated. They’re investigating what the sick delegates ate and where they went before the virus struck. “We’re asking, ‘What did you guys do? Did you do anything together before you came out?'” Schade told Stat. It’s been more than 36 hours since the last new case popped up, so officials think the illness is contained and won’t cause a larger outbreak at the convention.

All the California delegates are staying at the Kalahari Resort outside of Cleveland, which has an indoor waterpark. Unfortunately, Schade told Politico, “Because they are sick, they don’t feel like going to the waterpark, I don’t think.” They were supposed to spend Tuesday at the Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky or at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, according to The Washington Post, but they probably weren’t up for that either.

Of course, I know that medically speaking norovirus is a germ that invades the body, but the less rational side of me also wants to believe these delegates’ bodies physically rejected their party’s dangerous platform that considers porn a public health crisis, wants to teach the Bible in public schools, and aims to completely ban abortion. Sometimes your body knows what’s best before your brain does and reacts in physical pain or discomfort to help your brain see the problem, like when you feel sick because you’re too stressed. Like most of the country, I think they’re sick of policies that put conservative ideology and religion about actual human beings and their rights. They’re sick of ignoring what most Americans want and failing to pass helpful legislation. They’re sick a party that’s completely divided in regards to its own nominee.

Or it’s just norovirus.