On Sunday, Sen. Rand Paul pledged to do everything in his power to stop President-elect Joe Biden from imposing a coronavirus lockdown.

“I’m going to do everything I can to try to prevent Biden from locking us up and locking us down and forcing us to wear masks forever,” the Kentucky Republican told New York’s WABC-AM 770. “We can’t go on like this forever.”

Paul added: “Today, Biden’s talking more about a lockdown. This is absolutely why he’s going to be a terrible president if we get him. He’s going to ruin the country. Lockdowns don’t work. And in fact, all of the evidence on mandatory masks show that they don’t work either. There’s about 10 different countries or venues, maybe 20, that instituted mandatory masks, and every one of them to a T, the infection rate or the COVID rate went up after the mask mandate. Now, this is just showing that … all these mitigation strategies — washing our hands, staying 6 feet apart — they really don’t work, frankly. And the virus, as the Wall Street Journal put it, is insidious. It does what it’s going to do. The only thing that’s going to stop it is either enough immunity among individuals in the community or a vaccine.”

Paul, a practicing eye doctor, has been a vocal critic of coronavirus lockdowns, the media’s coverage of the virus, and White House coronavirus response team member Dr. Anthony Fauci’s handling of the virus.

“I think we’ve made a big mistake in the lockdown,” Paul said in July. “We’ve crippled the economy, but I don’t know that we’ve done much to the virus.”

Paul also called Biden out on social media last week for his potential plan to stop the spread of the coronavirus by pushing face mask mandates.

“So ⁦@JoeBiden⁩ wants to lock us down and force everyone to mask up,” Paul tweeted. “Doesn’t anyone care to know if mask mandates help? The data on mask mandates actually shows an INCREASED rate of COVID cases after the mandates.”

Biden won’t have the power to enforce a nationwide mask mandate but has signaled his plan to encourage governors across the country to impose one. The prospective plan has drawn pushback from Republicans, including South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, who rejected the idea, citing incomplete science on the effectiveness of masks.

Author: Andrew Mark Miller

Source: Washington Examiner: Rand Paul pledges to do what he can to stop Biden from imposing lockdowns: ‘We can’t go on like this forever’

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