Local Texas GOP Chair Calls Coronavirus A Hoax: “All of this has been promulgated by the Democrats”
The chair of the Republican Party in Bexar County has come under serious fire for calling the coronavirus a hoax. Cynthia Brehm made the controversial statement at the end of a news conference on Friday. She also accused Democrats of creating the hoax to cause damage to President Trump.
Absolutely bizarre. The Bexar County GOP chair concludes this rally by stating that the coronavirus is a hoax perpetuated by Democrats, tells people to take off their masks, and then everyone hugs each other. pic.twitter.com/1XOFeswMiO
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) May 22, 2020
Brehm said on Friday, “All of this has been promulgated by the Democrats to undo all the good that President Trump has done for our country, and they are worried.” She went on to say, “So take off your masks, exercise your constitutional rights, stand up, speak up and vote Republican.” Then, she and supports began hugging and shaking hands. The backlash came when the video made the rounds on social media.
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg had a response for Brehm on Saturday. His office said in a statement, “There are political leaders across the political spectrum who are affirming the objective science behind wearing a face covering if you can’t properly practice physical distancing. This isn’t a partisan issue. We have to look beyond politics and trust our health experts.”
Gilberto Hinojosa, chair of the Texas Democratic Party had his own words for Brehm. He said, “Texas already ranks first in the nation in coronavirus spread. Simply put, comments like the ones Chairwoman Brehm made will kill more Texans. Encouraging Texans to remove their masks and ignore the fatal consequences of this pandemic will jeopardize the health and wellbeing of all of us.”
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff tried to put a smile on the situation with a funny story. He remembered a conversation with the late County Commissioner Paul Elizondo. He said, “Paul said, ‘We gotta run for re-election again,’ and I said, ‘Paul, why would we want to do that? You know we’re getting a little bit older.’ And he says, ‘There are too many damn crazy people running for office.’ It’s a good example.”
It is important to note that Gov. Greg Abbott believes in wearing face masks. He is also a Republican.
Brehm is battling John Austin in a run-off election for GOP Chair on July 14.