A Republican lawmaker in the Missouri Statehouse has been hit with 20 different charges related to her selling of a fake concoction that she falsely claimed could “cure” COVID-19. There is no cure for COVID, only treatments that vary in efficacy from person to person, but this Republican decided to take advantage of vulnerable and desperate people. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains what’s happening.

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A Republican lawmaker has been hit with 20 different charges for selling what she had described as a cure for COVID-19, even though there is no cure for COVID-19. Now this is a Missouri state lawmaker, a woman by the name of Patricia Derges, she is 63 years old. She now faces 20 criminal charges, including wire fraud, distribution by means of the internet without a valid prescription, and of course the general defrauding of these individuals who came and said, yes, you’re a lawmaker. So I trust you. You own these clinics where you’re promoting this STEM cell treatment. So I trust you. I trust that this is going to cure me and then it turns out they didn’t get cured. She’s accused obviously of using her position as a lawmaker in the state of Missouri to enrich herself, again, the credibility issue there like, hey, you could trust me.

I’m a politician, which is like the weirdest thing you could ever say to somebody like, no, dude, totally trust me. I’m a politician. Yikes. But anyway, this story, like I, I hope she goes to jail. Hope she gets locked away. She’s 63 years old. So, you know, she’s in the twilight years and she’s going to spend most of it in jail for what she did here and she deserves it. You’re preying on people who are vulnerable and scared. You abused your position of power as a Republican lawmaker in the state of Missouri and you did it because you wanted money. Like, yeah, you, you deserve to be locked away. I’m not going to shed a tear if they give you 10 years for this crap. But here’s the thing, the reason I wanted to discuss this story today is because when was the last time we had any kind of story of any kind of Democrat doing anything remotely similar to this crap, right?

I mean, we have talked for, for, for a couple of weeks now, we’ve talked about the Republican whose family disowned him because he voted to impeach Trump. We have talked about the Republicans getting death threats from their own party because they voted to impeach Trump. We have talked about Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert and the insanity of them. Now this story. Why is it the craziest politicians in this country always happen to be Republicans? Now I’m not saying that was always the case, but folks, if you compare news stories right now, between crazy Republicans and crazy Democrats, I am sorry, but the Republicans have a monopoly on crazy right now.

In fact, their, their stranglehold on crazy right now is, is so intense that we may want to file an antitrust lawsuit, you know, spread a little bit of the crazy around. You’re hoarding it. But this is what it is. This is what the Republican party has morphed into and it’s not just in Washington, DC, folks. It is all over the country as this story shows us. It is at the state level. It is at the local level. This is who the Republican parties are now, or the Republican party is now. They’re the party of the fraudsters. They’re the party of the con artist. They’re the party of the frauds. And of course they’re the party of the crazies. It’s not just a couple of bad apples sitting up there in DC. This is endemic to the party now. It is systemic throughout the party now, at every level through every state, this is what the Republican party is very rapidly turning into.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced