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While conservative commentator Dan Bongino isn’t “anti-mask,” he’s certainly anti “ridiculous, child-like, amateur-hour edicts demanding people wear masks in situations where the risk of transmission is somewhat close to zero.”
On Wednesday, a day after officials in his community in Martin County, Florida, unanimously instituted an emergency mask mandate, Bongino railed against the mandate on his daily Westwood One podcast, “The Dan Bongino Show.”
In slamming local officials for the mandate, he made it clear he’s not against masks being used to reduce the spread of the coronavirus — he’s simply against authoritarian decrees that rob the American people of the right to make their own decision.
“This is happening all over the country. They have no authority to do this. These people are just fabricating new tyrannical powers, drunk on their own power,” Bongino said.
“I am not anti-mask. I mean that. If you are a private business and you feel like it would make your customers and your business you worked hard to build uncomfortable by people not wearing masks and you want to put a sign on the door … that’s your business. I’m a free marketer. I believe in freedom.”
But, he added, that freedom should run both ways.
“I have my own home. We run a business. I do not ask people to wear a mask in my house. That’s my choice. That’s my choice. I understand, that’s my choice, I’m taking on that risk, and I understand that. I’m a big boy, I can make my own calls, and so can my wife,” he said.
“I do not need power-drunk, pseudo-monarchs, little mini-tyrants — in my supposedly conservative county, though — sending out ridiculous, child-like, amateur-hour edicts demanding people wear masks in situations where the risk of transmission is somewhat close to zero. You can take your mask mandate, and shove it right up your a–.”
The mask mandate instituted by Martin County states that violations will be treated as “a noncriminal infraction,” meaning a violation won’t “authorize the search or arrest of an individual.”
However, violators will face a “penalty” to include a fine beginning at $50 but quickly rising to $250.00 for the “third offense and each subsequent offense.”
View the full mandate below:
“I will not comply. I will use my own adult, mature, 45-year old judgment, though some of you can debate the ‘mature,’ but that’s OK,” Bongino anti-mandate speech concluded.
“I will use my own judgment to determine when and where to wear a mask, so that I don’t infect someone else — God forbid I was an asymptomatic spreader — and that I don’t make people uncomfortable. We are all big boys here, and we’ll figure it out. So the Martin County commissioners … I will now actively be recruiting people to run against you.”
Bongino’s attitude is shared by a notable segment of Americans from coast to coast, though unlike him, some of them are genuinely anti-mask.
Take Scott Weil, a California man who was caught on camera late last month refusing to wear a mask while hiking in Los Angeles’ Runyon Canyon.
“Everything Fauci has said, has not been true, it’s not even been close to true. People are not asking enough questions. They’re just wearing this mask. … There’s a psychological thing going on that’s not being talked about. … Is there actually more harm being done?” he said to local station KABC after being busted.
He meant National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, who’s flip-flopped on nearly every aspect of the coronavirus. So have officials at the local level, for that matter.
Take Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin. According to conservative radio talk show host John Ziegler, Levin had spent three months arguing against a mask mandate before suddenly making an about-face in late June.
“This board is pretending that for the last three months, your emperor, Dr. Levin, has not been against a mask declaration. Now all of a sudden we’re pretending that masks are everything, even forcing speakers to use masks,” Ziegler noted during a heated appearance late last month before the Ventura County Board of Supervisors.
“I would like the board to take a position. Was Dr. Levin wrong for those three months, and if he was this wrong, why has he not been removed? Why has he not been fired for being so catastrophically wrong?”
This is EVERYTHING. SAVAGE!
Journalist Destroys CA Officials for Excessive Lockdowns pic.twitter.com/hMXFL7diqi
— DeAnna Lorraine 🇺🇸 (@DeAnna4Congress) June 26, 2020
Plus, there’s the fact that a large majority of mask wearers — particularly those who loudly virtue-signal about their mask-wearing — are wearing the masks wrong.
“One of the biggest mistakes people make is that they fidget with their masks, and pull them under their noses or completely off their faces to rest under their chins,” The New York Times noted in a report two months ago.
“You should absolutely not be pulling up and putting down your mask while you’re out,” Shan Soe-Lin, a lecturer at the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, said to the outlet in a statement. “If you’re going to go to the trouble of using a mask, leave it on.”
Otherwise, why even wear it? To virtue-signal, of course.
Case in point, courtesy Bongino:
This is embarrassing. If you’re going to wear a mask and virtue signal others, at least learn how to wear it.
Posted by Dan Bongino on Thursday, April 23, 2020
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