Dave Daubenmire, a radically conservative radio host who has boasted about being homophobic and fueled Holocaust denial, has now equated denying people who refuse to wear masks entry into businesses with racism.
On the Wednesday edition of his radio show, Pass the Salt Live, Daubenmore recalled a recent altercation he had with several T-Mobile employees who would not allow him into their store because he would not wear a mask.
RightWingWatch captured the nonsensical rant which can be viewed below.
“I ain’t wearing no mask,” Daubenmire barked at the employee. “I know the mask doesn’t work, and I’m not going to wear my mask to make the worker at T-Mobile feel better. I’m not gonna do that. That’s bearing false witness.”
Masks are one of the most effective methods for preventing transmission of COVID-19, which has killed 186,000 Americans since the virus exploded in the United States in March.
Daubenmire insisted without evidence that “the forced wearing of masks is exceedingly dangerous to our American society” and that he intends to :have no part of it.”
Next, according to Daubenmire, “The T-Mobile guy said, ‘Well, we’ll have to do the work outside.’ They wouldn’t let me in, and the boss got involved, the manager got involved with it. I said, ‘Ma’am, I have a heart condition. I don’t even have to tell you that, but I have reasons that I’m not gonna wear a mask. It’s medical. Are you refusing to give me service because of a medical condition that I have?’”
Mask wearing does not pose any health risks to individuals with heart conditions. In fact, patients with cardiac-related issues are among those at the highest-risk of catching the coronavirus.
“People with risk factors for severe consequences of COVID-19… include people over age 65 and those living with heart disease, diabetes, obesity, chronic lung disease, immunity problems or cancer,” Johns Hopkins states on its website.
Daubenmire is in his late 60’s.
“And then I really pulled the trump card,” Daubenmire boasted. “I said, ‘I think I was born with this medical condition. I’m not sure. I think I was. And I want to ask you something ma’am: Would you refuse to serve somebody because they’re Black?’”
Of course, being white is not a legitimate “medical condition.” Neither is being black or any other race. But for Daubenmire, being asked to wear a mask during a deadly pandemic – a small action that protects those who wear them and others within close proximity – deprives him of his right to be white in public, or something.
“I was born with this condition, ma’am, and you would not ask a Black man to step outside of the the building and you’re not going to ask me to do it,” he concluded. “She stormed away, as you can probably imagine. Ruined my whole day.”
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