When the White House Science Office announced “Mission Accomplished” on the Trump Administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, they forgot to take into account that cases are not only rising in a third wave across the country, they’re growing exponentially. The United States just posted its worst week of coronavirus cases yet, eight months into the most serious health crisis to impact the country in a century.
Despite the Red States getting hit the hardest, and no matter how loudly doctors beg for stricter lockdowns, the campaign from virus deniers to reopen is still raging. Now Idaho’s Lieutenant Governor has participated in a new video where state lawmakers question the existence of the coronavirus and reject lockdown measures.
In her segment, Janice McGeachin is shown driving around with a gun and a Bible in her car.
“We recognize that all of us by nature are free and equal and have certain inalienable rights among which are enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and pursuing happiness and protecting safety,” she says, presenting the Bible and the weapon to punctuate her point.
In another scene, Rep-Elect Karey Hanks says, “The fact that a pandemic may or may not be occurring” doesn’t change the wording nor the meaning of the state’s Constitution regarding personal freedoms.
The Republican Party’s refusal to implement stricter mask-wearing regulations and lockdown orders has become one of the top issues of every race from the top of the ticket on down. Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden has promised to create newer and stricter federal restrictions and guidelines once he’s sworn in, should he be elected next week.
Watch the full video, below.