Uh-oh. Usually, when you hear about corrupt people profiting off of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's the liberals who made rules for the rest of us but refused to follow them themselves.
This time, it's different.
This time, it's a Republican.
Former Florida state Rep. Joe Harding has been sentenced to six months in federal prison for defrauding a pandemic aid program, according to the Associated Press.
Apparently, Harding "was accused of illicitly securing over $150,000 from the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, meant to aid small businesses adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic," according to the report.
The former Florida lawmaker who sponsored the controversial law critics call “Don’t Say Gay” has been sentenced to 6 months in federal prison for defrauding a federal Covid relief loan program for small businesses. https://t.co/hLXTr9jp4i
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 20, 2023
U.S. Attorney Jason Coody spoke about the sentencing in a recent statement:
The theft of any amount of taxpayer funds is inexcusable. However, the defendant’s deceptive acts of diverting emergency financial assistance from small businesses during the pandemic is simply beyond the pale.
Harding became a prominent figure in Florida politics because of the fact that he sponsored Florida's "Parental Rights in Education" law, which regulates discussion of sexual material to young children.
Many Republicans called him a hero for that.
In a time where our nation was seeming to go crazy pushing transgenderism, queer drag shows and sexually explicit books to children, Harding was one of the few people to stand up for our youth.
Now, we're learning he might not have the moral and ethical self-awareness we once thought.
Politicians can't get away with stealing just because they are Republicans.
If a liberal should face consequences for doing something like this, then so should Harding.
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