A Canadian politician faced immediate backlash after he posted a picture on social media of his wife shoveling snow after she’d worked a 12-hour hospital shift.
Jon Reyes, a Manitoba cabinet minister, felt the rage of Twitter for standing inside in the warmth and taking the photo while his wife, Cynthia Reyes, shoveled snow in below-freezing temperatures.
“Even after a 12 hour night shift at the hospital last night, my wife still has the energy to shovel the driveway,” Reyes tweeted Saturday morning. “God bless her and all our frontliners. Time to make her some breakfast.”
The tweet went viral, but not for the reasons Reyes would have hoped. Twitter users berated the cabinet minister for not going out to the driveway to help his wife and for not having it already shoveled before she returned home.
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Thomas Lukaszuk, a Canadian politician, told his followers that the photo was “not a depiction of every politician husband.”
Another user posted an infamous meme to describe the incident.
Some Twitter users even claimed that Reyes had created a fake profile for his wife when an account with his wife’s name retweeted the original tweet and said “All I wanted to do was shovel!”
According to Canadian news outlet CBC, Reyes denied an interview request but did send them a statement via email.
“My wife is amazing, both at home and at work. I’m eternally grateful for her and everything she does. I love her very much,” he said according to the outlet.
“I’m happy that she is getting the worldwide recognition she deserves, and it serves as a reminder to everyone – especially me today – that we can never do enough to show our gratitude to healthcare workers.”
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