The co-founder of the ReOpen Maryland movement says he has tested posted for the coronavirus.
Tim Walters posted a series of Facebook videos about his illness, but said he would not cooperate with contact-tracing efforts by public health officials, reported The Baltimore Sun.
“I was diagnosed yesterday at the ER with COVID-19,” Walters said, “and here I am months after not wearing a mask at rallies, churches and so on, and so it’s funny how capricious this thing is.”
The two-time Republican candidate for the General Assembly helped organized protests in Annapolis and elsewhere against shutdown orders implemented by Gov. Larry Hogan in hopes of containing the pandemic.
The 53-year-old Walters said he has diabetes and has not maintained good health habits since leaving the U.S. Navy, and admitted in one video to having a dry cough since March that had recently worsened and now included a headache, fever and a loss of focus in one eye.
“I just want to educate people,” Walters said. “Don’t live in fear, chances are that everyone is going to get this.”
Walters’ wife and family members have also been tested for the virus, and he encouraged anyone else who had come into contact with him in recent weeks to pay attention to possible symptoms, but said he would not provide information to public health officials for use in contact tracing.
“I will not share anybody’s information with the government,” he said. “I will not do it.”
‘Perhaps the most un-American speech ever delivered by an American president’: Ambassador McFaul
President Donald Trump's address at Mount Rushmore was blasted as "un-American" by former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul.
McFaul retweeted a clip of the leader of the free world failing to pronounce the word, "totalitarianism."
"Trump has no idea what words like fascism and totalitarianism mean," McFaul, now a professor at Stanford, declared.
"To those who wrote this speech and those senior [White House] officials who approved this speech, shame on you. Perhaps the most un-American speech ever delivered by an American president and on the July 4th weekend no less," he explained.
WATCH: MSNBC reporter cuts off Arizona Trump fan as he goes on rant about Antifa and killing Black babies
On Saturday, MSNBC reporter Vaughn Hillyard interviewed "Ted," a pro-Trump protester in Prescott, Arizona — and was promptly forced to cut him off as the conversation went off the rails.
"What leads you here today?" asked Hillyard. "And does the lack of masks, including on your part—"
"Well, we're here to support President Trump and the Republican ticket," said Ted. "This is our protest against all the other protests that have been going on in the country trying to take our nation down."
"Are you concerned about the pandemic?" said Hillyard.
"No, we support our police department in Prescott, and we do not support Antifa, which is a communist organization just like BLM," said Ted. "If you listen to the founders of BLM, they're communists. If they cared about Black lives really, they would think about the million abortions of Black babies, and they would think about the thousands of young Black men that are killed in the inner city, but they don't. It's an anti-police organization and Antifa is just as bad. If you notice—"
Nevada GOP ridiculed for ‘illiteracy’ after sending out garbled Independence Day message
The Nevada Republican Party was ridiculed on Saturday for the Independence Day message the organization sent out.
Veteran Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston, the editor of The Nevada Independent, tweeted out a screenshot of the email sent by Michael McDonald, the chairman of the state GOP.
Ralston described the email as a "microcosm of NV GOP's incompetence (and illiteracy)" and mocked the party by saying "English is a difficult language to master."
Here is Ralston's thread on the Fourth of July message:
Microcosm of NV GOP's incompetence (and illiteracy) in Chairman @McDonaldNV's Independence Day message, which begins (I kid you not.):