One of Washington’s guilty pleasures during the coronavirus crisis has been watching Room Rater critique and sometimes ridicule the Zoom backgrounds of politicians, journalists, and influencers, especially Republicans.
“Room Rater is our mostly lighthearted look at pandemic life and how seeing each other’s rooms has made it all more relatable,” said founder Claude Taylor, whose company Twitter handle @ratemyskyperoom has nearly 400,000 followers.
His real job is running another advocacy site, Mad Dog PAC, which he stood up to rail against Republicans and former President Donald Trump.
Lately, he has joined the two in a campaign to ship over $400,000 of personal protection equipment to Native American tribes. “We also wanted to do some good,” he said of his Room Rater Shop page which sells items for to raise money for the effort.
And so did some of his Washington fans. A handful of journalists joined former Sen. Claire McCaskill and presidential historian Michael Beschloss in lending their names to a T-shirt fundraising campaign to ship PPE and art kits to Native American children. Each $29.95 T-shirt includes a drawing of something in their Zoom call background. “McCaskill has a cake stand. Beschloss has a library ladder,” said Taylor.
“We are very excited about our latest project,” he said. “Last month, it was 1,350 art kits delivered to the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux in South Dakota, the Dakota code talkers from WWII.”
For your Investigative Unit. It is angel food cake with fresh strawberries and cream. Left over from an Easter feast of deserts. (It was the healthiest option😂, so more leftover!) It’s now back in the fridge. Hoping it disappears after dinner tonight. https://t.co/qY2uiGrumn