Senator Mitch McConnell sidestepped a mask-mandate-ban question Sunday morning, opting not to openly opine on the actions governors of states including Texas and Florida, who have attempted to prevent local school districts from requiring students to wear masks. However, in that dodge, he likely angered a lot of the Republican base, which has become intertwined with the anti-vax movement.
Even Donald Trump can’t seem to convince his supporters that vaccines work, and are safe and effective against COVID-19. When he gave a halfhearted try at a rally, he was booed by the same people who still hold onto a fantasy of reinstating him as President of the United States. Knowing this, McConnell couldn’t have had high expectations for influencing Fox News viewers.
Still, he gave it a shot (no pun intended):
Mitch McConnell on surging Covid cases: "It's important to remember that 90% of the people in the hospitals are unvaccinated, so the answer to this is get vaccinated." pic.twitter.com/TkS0L7xHJt
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 29, 2021
Too little, too late? McConnell has spoken previously in favor of COVID-19 precautions, and even griped about the Trump White House not following them — but even in this interview, he’s refusing to support mask mandates that could help reduce spread among children too young to be vaccinated.
“I do think it’s important to remember that 90% of the people in hospitals are unvaccinated, so the answer to this is, get vaccinated…This is a crisis among unvaccinated Americans, who seem to be reluctant to believe that vaccination works. It does!”
As for the ban on mask mandates, while McConnell might be unwilling to answer the question, a court has already done so, ruling that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis doesn’t have the power to block school districts from making that decision for their students.
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