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Washington sheriff refuses to enforce stay-at-home order after virus causes 97 deaths in his county

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A sheriff in Washington said this week that he will not enforce an order to stay at home issued by Gov. Jay Inslee (D).

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney argued that the governor’s stay-at-home order violates the U.S. Constitution.

“I want to start by saying this virus is very real and sadly, it has taken 97 lives in Snohomish County,” he wrote before blasting Inslee’s plan.

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“If pot shops are essential, then why aren’t gun shops essential?” Fortney complained. “This contradiction is not okay and in my opinion is bordering on unethical.”

According to the sheriff, Inslee’s government is picking “winners and losers” during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I have not carried out any enforcement for the current a stay-at-home order,” Fortney revealed. “As your Snohomish County Sheriff, yes I believe that preventing business owners to operate their businesses and provide for their families intrudes on our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

“We have the right to peaceably assemble,” the sheriff added. “We have the right to keep and bear arms. We have the right to attend church service of any denomination. The impacts of COVID 19 no longer warrant the suspension of our constitutional rights.”

He concluded by saying that he and other sheriffs “will not be enforcing an order preventing religious freedoms or constitutional rights.”

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“This is not a time to blindly follow, this is a time to lead the way,” he insisted.


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Soledad O’Brien scolds Tomi Lahren on Twitter after she calls people ‘sheep’ for Memorial Day

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Journalist Soledad O'Brien fired back at Fox News personality Tomi Lahren after she called Americans "sheep" for following pandemic safety rules on Memorial Day.

"I gotta hand it to COVID-19, you sure did expose the sheep among us," Lahren wrote in a tweet over the Memorial Day weekend.

I gotta hand it to COVID-19, you sure did expose the sheep among us.

— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) May 24, 2020

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But as The Daily Beast's Will Sommer reports, many of these same Trump supporters are already revolting against contact tracing, which scientists say is the best way to safely reopen the economy.

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