Republican Maryland Governor Larry Hogan spoke out this week to controversially claim that nobody has a “constitutional right to walk around without a mask.”

Hogan Announces New COVID Restrictions

Hogan said this during a press conference on Monday in which he announced new coronavirus restrictions.

“It’s sort of like saying I have a constitutional right to drive drunk. I have a constitutional right to not wear a seat belt, or to yell fire in a crowded movie theater, or to not follow the speed limit,” Hogan said. 

“We’re talking about a quarter of a million people dying already,” the Republican continued. “You know, more than, you know, the Korean War, the Gulf War and the Vietnam War added together. Which part don’t you understand?”

“There’s no constitutional right to walk around without a mask. This is, we did it in 1918, I don’t know why we can’t do it now. Wear the mask,” Hogan added.

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Hogan explained that he is imposing these new restrictions in the hopes of preventing a spike in coronavirus cases in Maryland. The state has already had 4,293 deaths from COVID-19, and 183,797 positive cases, according to the Maryland Department of Health.

“It is a very serious problem, and we’re going to keep messaging everybody to take it seriously,” Hogan said. “The more seriously we take it, the faster we’re going to be able to get it under control.”

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Hogan Scolds Trump

This came one day after Hogan publicly scolded President Donald Trump, effectively blaming him for coronavirus deaths in the United States.

“If you had done your job, America’s governors wouldn’t have been forced to fend for themselves to find tests in the middle of a pandemic, as we successfully did in Maryland. Stop tweeting and concede,” Hogan tweeted to Trump in response to the President calling him a “RINO.”

Hogan has made it clear from his comments about masks and the president that he really is a RINO. The Republicans of Maryland deserve better as their governor than he is.

This piece was written by James Samson on November 24, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

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