Actor Matthew McConaughey says he seeks unity amid pandemic: ‘Band-Aids to hold off until science catches up’

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As Democrats and the Left continue their relentless attacks against President Donald Trump and his administration over its response to the coronavirus pandemic, Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey is seeking to unify Americans against a common enemy.

In an interview with Fox News’ “Special Report” with Brett Baier, McConaughey explained how he and his wife, Camila Alves, recently founded the “Just Keep Livin Foundation” and produced a new public service announcement to highlight the message of ‘unity’ during the pandemic.

The actor also said Americans and our leaders shouldn’t be using the pandemic as a political weapon, and that because we are all literally in this together, we shouldn’t let it divide us.

He also talked about what he believes we should be doing in order to mitigate the spread of the virus and said that eventually “the science” will provide us with solutions.

“We started off at stay at home and then it turned into wear a mask and then about a month ago I could feel that this united purpose that we all have as Americans to beat this enemy and this virus, that purpose got hijacked a bit by partisan politics,” McConaughey told Baier, discussing the motivation behind the couple’s efforts.

“Then the narrative became, if you want to go to work, you’re on the far right. If you don’t want to go to work and you want to stay home, you’re on the far left. Now even the mask-wearing is getting politicized. If you want to wear a mask, you wear a mask, you’re liberal and if you don’t you’re a conservative. That’s just not true,” he continued.

Asked whether he believes the federal government is doing all that it can do in order to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, McConaughey hedged.

“Well, I don’t know if the federal government is doing all it can. I know they’re doing a lot,” he said.

“Look, I think the word is not ‘solution.’ I don’t see a solution right now. We are waiting for science to catch up with us in this predicament. So what can each of us do independently, individually in our families, in our households, in our communities, in our neighborhoods, in our cities?” he continued.

“So act locally. … I don’t think these are solutions. I think they’re Band-Aids to hold off until science catches up… This is uncharted waters. There’s not a playbook. I understand that,” he explained.

The actor noted further that he believes wearing a mask is important because he’s yet to see any evidence suggesting it’s a bad idea.

“If you are going to re-engage right now, please wear a mask. I haven’t heard any science that says that is not a good idea,” McConaughey noted, adding that it’s not about a political statement.

“And I hope we wear masks as a badge of honor and not something we feel like somebody told us we had to wear and it takes away our identity. I think wearing a mask is not propaganda. I don’t think it’s partisanship or politics. I think a mask is all about our purpose right now.”

The avid Washington Redskins fan also said it’s just a matter of time before professional sports returns.

“Well I know it’s coming back, it’s a matter of when and how. We know it’s coming back,” he said, especially football.

“Are we going to play games without fans in the seats? Are we going to play games with fans separated by six or so feet? Are we going to come back and fill stadiums? I don’t know when that’s going to happen again but it will happen again,” he noted.

“That’s another thing we all need to remember. And let’s just do our due diligence until we get there. And then we can go pack the houses again and have 100,000 people watching the great American sport of football.”

The message of unity is important, no question about it, and kudos to McConaughey for his effort. That said, it’s also important to note that not all Americans are suffering equally through this pandemic.

Successful actors and multimillionaires can shelter in place a lot longer than an average American wage-earner who has likely lost his or her job. Not only that, but the lack of production — food, goods, services — is having a detrimental long-term effect on our economy and our supply chain.

We’ve got to get governors and mayors motivated in more states and cities to ‘allow’ us to restart our economy. Because without it, our country dies and no message of unity will resonate.

Jon Dougherty

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