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‘Take the masks off’: GOP county commissioner in New Mexico urges people to ‘get exposed’ to COVID-19

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Couy Griffin, a Republican commissioner for Otero County, New Mexico, is now encouraging his supporters to stop wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Griffin, who is also the head of the “Cowboys for Trump” organization, posted a video on Twitter this week in which he falsely claimed that wearing face masks weakens human immune systems.

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“The longer you wear a mask, the weaker your immune system will be and the more susceptible you’ll be to disease,” said Griffin, who added that it’s good for people to “get exposed” to viruses and bacteria so their immune systems strengthen.

In reality, there is no evidence that wearing masks weakens immune systems, and medical professionals treating COVID-19 patients wear N-95 face masks for hours on end.

Later in the video, Griffin admitted that he’s “no rocket scientist” and “no medical expert,” but insisted that he had “enough common sense to know that you’re not doing yourself any good” by wearing masks.

“We need to take the masks off,” he said. “And we need to quit breathing all that recycled air that’s going in and out.”

Watch the video below.

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Veteran Republican operative shames the GOP — and warns they won’t get rid of Trumpism ‘for at least a generation’

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Stuart Stevens is a veteran Republican campaign operative from five presidential races. When he spoke to PBS's Judy Woodruff Wednesday, he lamented the GOP failed the moral test it was presented with Donald Trump.

"Well, I think there's been two strains in the party. Call it an Eisenhower strain going back to the '50s and a McCarthy strain," Stevens said, recalling when the GOP would talk about expanding their party and bringing in more African-American voters. "Now we don't even hear any talk anymore of a big tent. And we seem to have settled into a very comfortable white grievance identity."

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Seth Meyers mocks Trump’s Axios interview where he ‘couldn’t even remember his own BS — that’s how fried his brain is’

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According to Lukens, he told those questioning how to go about getting the British Open at Trump Turnberry, and Lukens said he was clear that it was "unethical" and "possibly illegal." Still, Trump's cronies persisted.

He explained that when the inspector general did the investigation they went back to Washington to write up the report and that it should have been released by now, but it obviously has not. Today, the acting IG, who took over just three months ago, abruptly resigned.

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