Las Vegas Mayor Says "This Isn't China," Wants to Open Casinos as "Control Group" to See if Infections Rise

April 23, 2020
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The mayor of Las Vegas is going viral after saying she wants the city to reopen--and let the poker chips fall where they may. “I’d love everything open because I think we’ve had viruses for years that have been here," Carolyn Goodman told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday, claiming that Sin City's casinos and other businesses "will be a control group" to see if infections rise. She also said when Cooper talked about Chinese research on the spread of COVID-19, "This isn't China. This is Las Vegas"--prompting Anderson to reply, “Wow. Okay, that’s really ignorant." On Tuesday, Goodman likewise told MSNBC's Katy Tur, "Let the businesses open and competition will destroy that business if, in fact, they become evident that they have disease, they're closed down. It's that simple." A stunned Tur described that idea as "survival of the fittest." Meanwhile, Vegas native Jimmy Kimmel tweeted in response to Goodman's CNN interview, "Carolyn Goodman should resign before lunch arrives today. She is an embarrassment to my hometown."