A New York Magazine writer took to Twitter on Tuesday to mock a conservative group trying to help drivers stranded on snow-covered I-95 in Virginia.
After a snowstorm and subsequent accidents trapped hundreds of motorists in their vehicles for nearly 24 hours, The Reagan Battalion, a conservative media group, offered to connect people in need of food, water, and other help to rescuers armed with supplies.
New York Magazine writer Jonathan Chait, however, used The Reagan Battalion’s neighborly offer to take political shots at the conservative group’s namesake, former President Ronald Reagan.
“The Reaganites used to believe in pulling yourself up by your bootstraps,” Chait tweeted.
Chait’s insensitivity to the ongoing crisis was quickly reprimanded by several Twitter users including The Reagan Battalion which encouraged the writer to assist the people in need.
“Now if you can use your account to help people in dire need of assistance and put your politics aside for a few hours that would be great,” the group tweeted.
As of Tuesday morning, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam still had not called in the National Guard. Instead, he claimed that the Virginia Department of Transportation had all of the resources it needed to rescue people.
“We have the manpower and people have been working through the night, the National Guard is on standby,” Northam said, before switching his attention to the events at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
“That doesn’t happen at the snap of a finger. I don’t know if anybody remembers the Insurrection. But that happened in the afternoon, we had the National Guard on the ground the following morning. These are civilians that have jobs and need to muster and then be deployed. So again, those are all options that are on the table,” Northam said in a press conference.
Democrat Sen. Tim Kaine was among many of the drivers who slept in his car Monday night while temperatures outside stayed below freezing.