Following in the wake of another series of pro-mask mandate politicians breaking their own rules, Sen. Rand Paul, a medical doctor, slammed the mandates, arguing that they are a tool of submission.
Sen. Paul made his comments Friday during an interview on Fox News channel’s “Hannity.”
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Paul also said using one-size-fits-all approaches to COVID-19 led to unintended consequences.
In the last week, several high-profile Democrat politicians were all pictured maskless in areas with mask mandates.
California Governor Gavin Newsom, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, and San Fransisco Mayor London Breed all took maskless pictures with celebrities at the NFC Championship game in LA, which has a mask mandate.
Perhaps the most revealing, however, is Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who promoted (before deleting) a photo of herself without a mask, surrounded by a classroom full of small children who were all wearing masks.
Paul isn’t impressed. “You know, I think the dirty little secret is that it’s always been more about submission,” he told host Sean Hannity.
“It’s always been more about collectivism,” Paul insisted. “It’s been about growing government power over your lives because the science has been clear for a long time.”
He continued, “I mean, it’s sort of — you know, I worry about the future of America if the Europeans are leading us towards freedom, or the Canadians are ahead of us in trying to unwind mandates.”
“But yeah, for goodness sakes, we’ve got to stop the ridiculous mandates on children that Dr. [Ezekiel] Emanuel that you put forward saying that kids are dying from omicron,” Paul continued.
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Axios reported over the weekend that Sweden, Norway, and Denmark were ditching their COVID restrictions. “It is time to open Sweden again,” said Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson.
The CDC maintains that masks offer protection against COVID, and recommends them for close quarters or high transmission areas.
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