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The notion of mandating face coverings strikes at the heart of free choice by many Americans, who firmly believe it should be their choice to wear a face mask or not.
There’s also a healthy debate over the value of doing so.
The cabal that tells women it’s their body, their choice when it comes to killing unborn children are down with officials requiring masks amid a seemingly never-ending pandemic gifted to the world by the Chinese.
Amid all the hoopla, and an expected surge amid reopening efforts, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., felt compelled to comment to take to the floor of the upper chamber to speak in favor of wearing face coverings
“We must have no stigma, none, about wearing masks when we leave our homes and come near other people,” McConnell said Monday. “Wearing simple face coverings is not about protecting ourselves. It is about protecting everyone we encounter.”
“In fact, the more we dislike the pain and suffering caused by the strict stay-home guidelines a few months ago, the happier we should be to take reasonable small steps every day to ensure our country can stay on offense against the virus,” he added.
McConnell called wearing a mask part of a “new middle ground” between what was once normal life and today’s caution over the coronavirus.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy appeared Monday CNBC to say that “every American has a responsibility” to wear a face covering.
President Donald Trump has been skeptical of masks preventing the spread of the Wuhan virus.
“They put their finger on the mask, and they take them off, and then they start touching their eyes and touching their nose and their mouth. And then they don’t know how they caught it?” the president said earlier this month.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was asked Monday by the gotcha media if the president has changed his stance on masks.
“I talked to the president before coming out here,” McEnany said. “It’s his choice to wear a mask. It’s the personal choice of any individual as to whether to wear a mask or not. He encourages people to make whatever decision is best for their safety, but he did say to me he has no problem with masks, and to do whatever your local jurisdiction requests of you.”
Asked if Trump’s thinking about masks has changed in light of Jacksonville, the host city of the RNC, issuing a mask order, McEnany says Trump views mask wearing as “a personal choice” pic.twitter.com/ZtRKuQdxWn
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 29, 2020
On that not, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Thursday he would require the entire country to wear masks in public if he was president.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., politicized the issue on Friday when she took a shot at Trump for not wearing a mask, while repeating the dishonest claim he called the coronavirus a hoax.
The speaker announced two weeks ago that House members must wear masks during committee meetings, in accordance to a requirement from the Attending Physician of the United States Congress.
House Majority Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., took a shot at House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, on Monday for not wearing masks to House sessions for the subcommittee on coronavirus.
“I am writing to express my profound disappointment that the Republican Members of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis refused to wear masks during Friday’s hearing, which was held one day after the United States reached the highest number of new coronavirus cases on record, and after the disease has already killed more people in the United States than in any other nation on Earth,” Clyburn said in a letter, according to Fox News.
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