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Anti-maskers bombard Marco Rubio with rage after he debunks their conspiracy theories

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Thursday did his best to debunk false claims about face masks being made by conspiracy theorists — but he wound up getting bombarded by angry anti-maskers anyway.

In a tweet posted in the morning, Rubio declared that “mask wearing isn’t some novel idea they came up with to control us,” referring to a popular refrain among conspiracy theorists that masks are the New World Order’s way of asserting dominance over a pliant population.

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He went on to say that “surgeons, nurses and dentists have used them forever to protect patients and themselves,” and then asked his followers rhetorically, “If it doesn’t work, what’s the harm?” and “And if it has a 10% chance of getting us back to school,sports and life why not do it?”

While Rubio’s tweet may have seemed fairly uncontroversial, he was nonetheless angrily denounced by anti-mask activists.

Check out some reactions below.

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Here’s why the coronavirus spike is especially devastating to rural communities

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But the virus has now penetrated deep into rural areas around the country. And according to Politico, a new study has shed light on the catastrophic problems this has created for rural communities: more than half of U.S. rural communities have no ICU beds, forcing hospitals to transfer patients far away to other facilities that can accommodate severe COVID-19 cases.

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Joy Reid medical expert blasts the president’s lies on coronavirus: ‘Trump needs to stay in his lane’

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GOP governor blocks local officials from forcing private schools to only hold classes online

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"Hogan issued an emergency order Monday that said private schools’ reopening would be up to individual schools and not mandated by the state," reported Madeline Charbonneau. "'The blanket closure mandate imposed by Montgomery County was overly broad and inconsistent with the powers intended to be delegated to the county health officer,' Hogan said."

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