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CDC mask guidance met with hostility by leading Republicans

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By JILL COLVIN and LINDSAY WHITEHURST

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The GOP is the party of "me first". These dumb people are dragging the pandemic on and on.

People have to wear masks because lots of Americans don't get vaccinated. And then those same anti-maskers complain that wearing a mask proves the vaccines don't work.

Bonkers!

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Masks have been proven to work all over the world

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Time will tell whether having hospitals fill up, mostly with sick

Republicans, will bring a change of attitude among survivors, but probably not.

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“Why do Democrats distrust the science?”

The nation is averaging nearly 62,000 new COVID-19 cases a day, and the vast majority of those hospitalized and dying haven’t been vaccinated. As of Sunday, 69% of American adults had received one vaccine dose, and 60% had been fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.

yet its red states with the highest infections rates and over 99% of people dying armt vaccinated.

Dems have much higher vaccination rates compare to republican's

Dems are continually saying get vaccinated and wear a mask.

Its republican's putting the politics over the science, and its their base that are doing the dying

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Vaccinate to protect yourself. Wear a mask to protect others.

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400,000 dead under Trump. Why does anyone listen to him? Seems like a death cult leader and the hard-core GOP governors are the cardinals in that death cult.

Had everyone gotten vaccinated at the same rate all of 2021, then we wouldn't have 610,000 US deaths. As they say, you can't fix stu-pid.

Not all republican's are in this death cult, but unfortunately, too many are because being "right" is more important than saving lives. The unfortunate part is those people are taking health care services away from others are aren't in their anti-vax belief group.

https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2021/07/23/hillsong-church-stephen-harmon-dies-covid-19-unvaccinated/

A 34-year-old man who tweeted about refusing to get the vaccine died earlier this week from COVID, chronicling his hospital journey along the way.

Just six weeks earlier, he tweeted, “If you’re having email problems, I feel back for you, son. I got 99 problems, but a vax ain’t one.”

“I can tell you that for the respiratory therapists and nurses and doctors that are having to go into rooms and take care of patients who are this sick at this stage — and to know that it’s preventable if people simply had taken the vaccine

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one of the Republican Party's most prominent rising stars mocked new government recommendations calling for more widespread use of masks to blunt a coronavirus surge.

Pretty much sums up everything.

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Wolfpack

So Fauci first says don’t wear masks because according to the science it isn’t easily transmissible.

Yes. That was the data said at the time.

Then all hell breaks lose and he says wear masks - two masks even - because the science now says they are effective in inhibiting virus transmission.

Yes. The difference between droplet and aerosol transmission is the salient factor here.

Biden gets elected inheriting a vaccine program and five months later Fauci loosens the mask mandate.

No. He doesn't. Fauci never had a mask mandate. States did, and in many red states, they had been relaxed already. The CDC guidance was that vaccinated didn't need to wear masks. This was before delta was the prevalent strain.

Biden promised that America could get back to normal by Independence Day.

Biden was assuming people would do the sensible thing and get vaccinated. Unfortunately, people aren't rational.

Then all hell breaks loose again and now we are back to mask mandates.

Yes. 1. because non-vaccinated people weren't wearing masks and 2. the delta variant is a lot more transmissible and rising numbers of infections among the mostly unvaccinated.

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“Did you not get the CDC’s memo?” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis joked

DeSantis is not stupid. He knows the vaccines and masks save lives. But he says otherwise for his own political gain.

It takes a special kind of warped mind to let people die in order to get ahead.

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As Fauci said, had social media existed in the 50s and 60s, the measles and polio would probably have never been eradicated.

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Will the ensuing pandemic come to be known as The Republican Disease?

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Republicans using masks as a political weapon.. they should be charged with manslaughter on a genocidal scale in an international court.

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This is not a R vs D issue except on cable news. The response of governments and bureaucracies around the world to the virus has been poor and measures taken have been largely hamfisted and hysterical.

Blaming the man in the street is a pitiful way of deflecting attention from that

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The GOP is the party of "me first".

As are the Democrats. Individual rights be damned.

These dumb people are dragging the pandemic on and on.

Coming from the so-called smart people that said we should wear a mask and coming from the smartest man of the free world who said, "let me repeat, if you have been vaccinated, you don't need to wear a mask." And let's not forget the smartest Democrats that ran from their inevitable responsibilities on casting a vote in Texas were all caught NOT wearing masks as the House speaker was caught so often not wearing a mask. Interesting how these so-called smart people won't wear a mask when they think the cameras are not rolling that we dumb people can't see through their sheer political smart brilliance. ROFL

People have to wear masks because lots of Americans don't get vaccinated.

A lot of people are getting sick that had been vaccinated, the smartest virologist on the face of this planet said that they are ineffective, so now they are and then he said again, once vaccinated we don't need it? What the heck is going on with these smart elite people?

And then those same anti-maskers complain that wearing a mask proves the vaccines don't work.

Not sure, we are for some reason NOT allowed to ask these so-called smart leaders any questions, we just need to shut up and get jabbed....uh-huh....

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What the heck is going on with these smart elite people?

So you don't want to wear a mask, get vaccinated or seemingly do anything to help the situation. You never have. You just want to wish it all away.

So really, what do you want?

Honestly, you don't need to be 'smart elite people' to have basic common sense. Unless it's politically expedient not to have basic common sense, of course.

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How has this become a political issue and why are masks such a horrible thing for some people? At the absolute worst they are mildly uncomfortable when it's hot and humid out, but so is everything else. Unless I am in my apartment (which I always am unless at work or going to/from work), I have worn a mask constantly for the last year and a half, and it hasn't been a big deal.

It just seems to be making a massive issue out of a tiny ask and I really do not understand the wild opposition to it.

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The GOP is caught in the donald trap, if he doesn't like the mask they all have to agree to not liking the mask.

“Did you not get the CDC’s memo?” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis joked before an almost entirely unmasked audience of activists and lawmakers crammed into an indoor hotel ballroom in Salt Lake City. “I don’t see you guys complying.”

The sorry bunch that lead this party today have sold their souls just to stay in power, there is no depth that is low enough for them.

Meanwhile Americans continue to die and the GOP couldn't care less!!!

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 I really do not understand the wild opposition to it.

I think it's pretty simple. Trump cultists are driven by a hatred of liberals. Had liberals shunned masks, these people would be wearing them 24/7.

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It just seems to be making a massive issue out of a tiny ask and I really do not understand the wild opposition to it.

Apparently it’s on the same level of Stalin’s Russia or Mao’s China according to the more febrile types.

Throw in a conspiracy theory or two, a few selected podcasters, and Tucker Carlson and you’ve got a recipe for demented hysterics.

The right are primarily driven by fear.

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The right is primarily driven by igorance.

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I think it's pretty simple. Trump cultists are driven by a hatred of liberals.

Not because they’re liberals, but because they’re thick-headed and think that everyone needs to March in lockstep when they start demanding something and feel that their way is the only way.

Had liberals shunned masks, these people would be wearing them 24/7.

I doubt that.

The right is primarily driven by igorance

The left is ignorant to even make that assumption.

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