'Shortsighted idiot': Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson ripped to shreds for expressing regret for banning mask mandates as COVID cases surge
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson expressed regret over the bill he signed banning local mask mandates as the coronavirus rips across his state.
The Republican governor has asked the GOP-led state legislature to amend the law to allow school districts to decide on mask requirements for themselves as COVID-19 infections explode among children just weeks before classes begin, but vowed he would not impose a statewide order requiring face coverings.
The state has endured a 517 percent increase in new cases in children under 18 between April and July, and that number shoots up to 690 percent for children under 12 -- and hospitalizations are up 270 percent for children under 18 years old.
Hutchinson's regretful statement didn't go over well with social media users.
Please someone save us from these shortsighted idiots https://t.co/l5MdgF9GY2— nerdicity (@nerdicity) 1628096609.0
Let's go easy on ol' Hutchinson. There was NO WAY he could have known that banning the thing that protects you from… https://t.co/Ggk4pN7Zec— Patton Oswalt (@Patton Oswalt) 1628093122.0
How it started. How it’s going. Of note, 600,000 Americans had *already* died when AR G… https://t.co/9g74uC8Qzg— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@Qasim Rashid, Esq.) 1628089995.0
Maybe you shouldn't have followed the whimsy of con-men, idiots, and suckers, Gov. https://t.co/zKEdKetFhK— Bob Cesca (@Bob Cesca) 1628099446.0
Asa Hutchinson banned mask mandates, made it a law, now he has to undo it so he can mandate masks. This is how stupid these people are😂😂😂— Colorado Audrey🔥🦂😷 (@Colorado Audrey🔥🦂😷) 1628087400.0
What an asshole. This was totally predictable but this creep wanted to earn points with the MAGA cult. Now people w… https://t.co/jECUgsnsOH— Charles Johnson (@Charles Johnson) 1628092996.0
Love that the party which governs most of the country thinks that its job is just a fucking win-the-news-cycle game… https://t.co/ojUhNB2kYm— Craig Calcaterra (@Craig Calcaterra) 1628083983.0
@EDoggTheRed @therecount "Oh, so the numbers were low BECAUSE of masks and now that there are no masks the numbers… https://t.co/tDQWFmBUjM— DFahnz (@DFahnz) 1628092525.0
@therecount https://t.co/vyFlrTJxsU— Michelle GET VACCINATED! (@Michelle GET VACCINATED!) 1628089761.0
@SandyDog8117 @therecount "I wish the pen in my hand had not goobed out ink in the pattern of my signature on the legislation."— Greg. Spelled with two G's. (@Greg. Spelled with two G's.) 1628085724.0
@therecount If you want to be governed by someone who drives while looking in the rearview mirror, elect Republican… https://t.co/ReaEfcyZKg— Monty 🇺🇸Lincoln's Speeches🇺🇸 Boa (@Monty 🇺🇸Lincoln's Speeches🇺🇸 Boa) 1628079596.0
'Death cult leader' Marco Rubio faces furious backlash after telling Americans to get over their 'mask fetish'
Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida — the state that's the current epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. — wants Americans to get over their "mask fetish" unless they're worried about getting "a little sick."
"Stop with the mask fetish," Rubio wrote Wednesday on Twitter, above a video of himself discussing the issue. "If you want to wear a mask as a courtesy to those around you or because you are in no mood to get even a little sick go ahead. If you want your kids to mask in school that's your right. But we aren't going to mask our way out of this."
Last week, the CDC issued new guidance saying fully vaccinated people should "wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission" — prompting a new round of "mask wars" stretching from the halls of Congress to Rubio's home state, where GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis has made it his mission to eradicate face coverings.
Here's how Vox's Terry Nguyen explained the reason for the new CDC guidance: "The far more contagious delta variant of the virus that causes Covid-19 has rattled health officials. Beyond its rapid spread, the delta variant appears to cause more serious illness. It also seems better able to elude immune protection from vaccines and prior infections. Some breakthrough infections have been reported among vaccinated people, although the majority seem to lead to few, if any, symptoms. And while the vaccination rate has started to pick up again, it's still far below its peak in April. Tens of millions of Americans remain unvaccinated, and in some regions of the US, less than 30 percent of people are immunized."
Nevertheless, Rubio claimed in his video that masks are unnecessary.
"So what does common sense tell you? It tells you if you're vaccinated, you're probably not going to get COVID, but if you do, you're not going to get very sick," Rubio said. "If you're not vaccinated, you're probably going to get COVID eventually, and when you do, it might be nothing, it might be really bad, and you might end up in the hospital. That's the facts, and you present that to people, and you talk to people as adults, as grown-ups. You present this information and you allow people in a free country to make the best decisions for themselves and for their families. ... But instead, the CDC and a lot of other people spent the first few days here arguing about masks. Who are we going to strap masks on now? How are we going to force masks on people?"
Here's how Twitter reacted:
Twitter needs to ban him for Covid misinformation. https://t.co/AXQ7OAamXJ— Newfangled Dad (@Newfangled Dad) 1628095124.0
Agent of ignorance, merchant of death. https://t.co/Wvqykv6mc9— Joshua Plante (@Joshua Plante) 1628089329.0
Why are Floridian politicians actively trying to kill their own citizens? https://t.co/pBtym7VlVe— Connor Clay (@Connor Clay) 1628093796.0
What? We literally could have masked our way out of this a year ago. https://t.co/jILgrylbSj— Nick Villano (@Nick Villano) 1628086797.0
I guess if you can't get anything done in the Senate, ranting to yourself in hotel rooms is the next best thing. https://t.co/xMliekPMX3— Matt Harringer (@Matt Harringer) 1628092470.0
No, we are apparently going to die our way out of this. Good job @GOP. #GOPDeathCult #plaguerat https://t.co/WTSMeSxb8L— Meidas Eyeball | BLM (@Meidas Eyeball | BLM) 1628094936.0
@marcorubio You forgot that children under 12 cannot get the vaccine. #MaskUp #MaskMandateNow https://t.co/A7F4FfXgdM— Nancy Ringier (@Nancy Ringier) 1628094740.0
Marco Rubio wants to kill you and your kids https://t.co/FXk8uvzUG4— Brett Meiselas (@Brett Meiselas) 1628094107.0
A South Carolina man who posed for a photo in front of a statue of the vehemently pro-slavery John Calhoun has pleaded guilty in the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Andrew Hatley reached a plea agreement Wednesday with federal prosecutors after apologizing to a judge for his role in the deadly U.S. Capitol riot and will plead guilty to the federal misdemeanor charge of parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building, reported The Post and Courier.
"I am sorry for everything that happened that day and all the vitriol and division it's caused within our country," Hatley told Judge Thomas Hogan on July 20. "I feel that it has put us on a bad road that doesn't lead to anything good for anyone."
The Newberry man wore a cowboy hat and gas mask when he joined other Donald Trump supporters as they stormed the Capitol intending to stop the certification of Joe Biden's election win, and he stopped for a selfie in front of the South Carolina senator's statue.
The slave-owning senator vigorously defended slavery as a "positive good" in an explicitly white supremacist 1837 speech on the Senate floor, and his nullification theory held that states had the right to reject federal policies they deemed unconstitutional -- and helped spark an 1832 crisis that nearly sparked a civil war.
Hatley agreed to pay $500 in restitution, but a judge will decide whether he must serve all six months in jail as outlined by federal sentencing guidelines.
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