Stella Parton, a country singer and actor, posted a series of viral tweets this weekend, slamming lawmakers for “getting vaccinated right away while people are starving and dying.”
“If a little Hillbilly singer like my big sister Dolly can invest in the vaccine then why the hell can’t some of you old moldy politicians pitch in a few million yourselves?” she tweeted.
The 71-year-old was referring to her sister’s $1 million donation to Vanderbilt University Medical Center ― which helped develop Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine ― and to the government’s rollout of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines while failing to reach a stimulus deal.
In the past few days, Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other officials received their initial doses of the vaccine, but Congress has yet to formally push through another COVID-19 relief deal. Millions of Americans have been anxiously waiting for financial support from the government in the form of another round of stimulus checks and additional funds to unemployment benefits.
Parton’s initial tweet racked up more than 370,000 likes. In a follow-up tweet, she wrote: “I haven’t heard of one Televangelist donating one damn cent to the research fund but they sure can fleece the flock and try to cast out demons when they are possessed themselves!”
She also shared a Bible quote and added, “These so called church leaders are in dire trouble for the way they behave.”
After nearly five months, lawmakers announced on Monday that they had finally reached a deal for more than $900 billion in COVID-19 relief. As part of the deal, many Americans would receive $600 stimulus checks as well as an additional $300 per week for people receiving unemployment benefits. The House and Senate are expected to vote on the deal Monday.