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Divided Americans clash over mask wearing and schools reopening as coronavirus cases surge

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Pigheaded stupidity. That's what you get when you politicize a pandemic.

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Trump and his followers have resisted a full-throated endorsement of masks and have been calling for a return to normal economic activity following pandemic-induced shutdowns.

The divider-in-chief and his minions continue their efforts to further splinter the long fractured nation in just about every way possible. Even health.

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It's kind of weird that the people who want to reopen the economy are the ones refusing to take precautions.

Makes no sense.

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Dear Georgia,

IDGAFWKSYBSYBAITMFH

Reused from April when Kemp did something else stupid. Just keep that as a reminder. You can look up the tag, if you want a laugh.

We all know to wear masks when around other people from outside our household. We don't need a law to mandate it, but some people do need that law.

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do the same people protests when told they are expected to wash their hands after going to the toilet?

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It's a stupid thing, obviously, to prioritize the Trump narrative over science, but as the president cannot say he is wrong about anything, so go his followers, allowing the virus to spike further.

Dumb sheep, but the upside is Trump's re-election chances dwindle each day his fallacy of logic doesn't separate the idea of freedom from wearing masks. Really, those things are mutually exclusive, but as we've seen repeatedly, Donald and his cult equate their freedoms, and ultimately patriotism, to not wearing a mask, and the wrong in that results in a Biden landslide coming because of it.

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And this is why trump is so dangerous; his loyal minions will kill even themselves for him, but you will never see trump sacrificing himself for these deplorable covidiots.

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"Coronavirus: Man killed by police after violent dispute over a face mask at Michigan store"

"https://www.euronews.com/2020/07/15/coronavirus-man-killed-by-police-after-dispute-over-wearing-a-face-mask-at-michigan-store"

"California security guard faces murder charges after shooting dead a customer for 'not wearing a face mask'"

"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8506237/California-security-guard-faces-murder-charges-shooting-dead-customer-not-wearing-mask.html"

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The risible nonsense of America's "mask politics" is surely a mark of the malign influence of the country's AWOL head of state, but the momentum is unmistakable as the majority of Americans begin to man up and see the scientific sense of masking up.

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I don't understand why some people consider masks as a violation of their freedom and refuse to wear them. I mean, I couldn't care less when they and their family member end up getting the virus due to their selfish and stupid behaviour, but the problem is that they put others at risk as well. So wear masks to protect yourself and others.

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The divider-in-chief and his minions continue their efforts to further splinter the long fractured nation in just about every way possible. Even health

I disagree, liberals in some bizarre and benign way want the shutdown to continue because if they didn’t they would see that many countries work with the virus and continue to lead normal lives even though many changes in place. So we should stay at home for how long? If it takes 5 years to come up with a virus or longer, we need to keep kids and people home? So with all the smarts liberals supposedly have, how will we survive, eat and pay bills? Write more stimulus? Add more to the deficit? This is all political BS. The economy will never sustain itself if people do not go back to work or kids will be irreversibly damaged if they continue have to stay at home. Don’t even start on the Trump diatribe. Again, Dr. Fauci thinks kids should be in school, liberals say Liste to the experts, he’s the expert so we listen to him or we only listen to him if it benefits Democrats make up your minds please.

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liberals in some bizarre and benign way want the shutdown to continue because if they didn’t they would see that many countries work with the virus and continue to lead normal lives even though many changes in place

This, in some bizarre and benign way, still makes no sense whatsoever.

 If it takes 5 years to come up with a virus or longer, we need to keep kids and people home?

Hate to break it to you, but nobody is trying to come up with a virus.

Again, Dr. Fauci thinks kids should be in school, liberals say Liste to the experts, he’s the expert so we listen to him or we only listen to him if it benefits Democrats make up your minds please.

Until he says people should wear masks right? Then don't listen to him? Make up your minds Trumpians.

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Schools should remain closed until its safe to open them. Must be decided state-by-state. People need to wear masks. The Covid-19 is the worse virus since the Spanish Flu. The current epicenters are nearly all red states.

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California won't be reopening schools.

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liberals in some bizarre and benign way want the shutdown to continue because if they didn’t they would see that many countries work with the virus and continue to lead normal lives even though many changes in place.

The difference was that these countries took the necessary measures in the first place, and when the virus was under control, they then began graduated opening programs.

The US never took the necessary measures in the first place, and decided while the virus was still rampant that it was time to open up.

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November can't get here soon enough!

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people refused to wear mask deep down want to destroy america not only killing american but economy as well. they used freedom as an excuse.

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I disagree, liberals in some bizarre and benign way want the shutdown to continue because if they didn’t they would see that many countries work with the virus and continue to lead normal lives even though many changes in place. So we should stay at home for how long? If it takes 5 years to come up with a virus or longer, we need to keep kids and people home? So with all the smarts liberals supposedly have, how will we survive, eat and pay bills? Write more stimulus? Add more to the deficit? This is all political BS. The economy will never sustain itself if people do not go back to work or kids will be irreversibly damaged if they continue have to stay at home. Don’t even start on the Trump diatribe. Again, Dr. Fauci thinks kids should be in school, liberals say Liste to the experts, he’s the expert so we listen to him or we only listen to him if it benefits Democrats make up your minds please.

Just look at Canada or Europe where the leadership hasn’t buried its head in the sand and allowed the virus to destroy their countries. Their kids are safely going back to schools. Their businesses are safely reopening. Their economies aren’t being destroyed.

America’s insane disaster is all the fault of guys like you cheering idiot Trump on as he did nothing to stop this. All, it would seem, in a vane effort to own the libs. Dumb move.

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This, in some bizarre and benign way, still makes no sense whatsoever.

Everything that these governors and mayors have been running their cities makes absolutely No sense whatsoever.

Hate to break it to you, but nobody is trying to come up with a virus.

I meant, “cure,”thanks. Lol

Until he says people should wear masks right?

I’m sorry, keep focused, so Fauci says, we should reopen schools, as an expert should we listen to him, I don’t want to hear about masks because most people wear them, I’m an individual whether one person wears them and the majority do has nothing to do with education or getting the kids back in school, so should we listen to Fauci and reopen them or we should ignore his medical advice? I’m just asking.

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Must be decided state-by-state. 

No! It SHOULD be decided by school districts alone! There are states, that have counties, with few cases of the virus, and have schools that could be opened, but that is and should be up to them!

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Trump needs to advise Americans to wear a mask.

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Ye school reopening should be decided school-district-by-school-district and only when they consider it to be safe and operate under guideline.

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liberals in some bizarre and benign way want the shutdown to continue because if they didn’t they would see that many countries work with the virus and continue to lead normal lives even though many changes in place. 

You’ve been schooled already but it bears repeating. America is the worst country in the world for Covid. This is indisputable. America can’t work with the virus and hasn’t been ‘normal’ for some time. Americans need to be told what to do, unfortunately you are listening to the wrong people.

Tucker or any of his screaming head guests will never have a solution. Look at the photo above this news item. Even someone as stubbornly stupid as Brian Kemp is finally wearing a mask.

Put a mask on.

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Dr. Fauci says hard-hit states should be 'pausing' the reopening process for schools.

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You’ve been schooled already but it bears repeating.

As you have as well.

America is the worst country in the world for Covid. This is indisputable. America can’t work with the virus and hasn’t been ‘normal’ for some time. Americans need to be told what to do, unfortunately you are listening to the wrong people. 

With less deaths and faster recovery, it’s just astonishing how the msm purposely glosses over that critical point, granted the rising number in cases is not something to celebrate and should be taken seriously, but when the media overlooks the critical points of the declining death rate shows how insincere bias the msm is.

Tucker or any of his screaming head guests will never have a solution.

And yet more and more people are thinking he’s right as his numbers are rising even after all his advertisers left, but besides that what is the liberal solution? Just stay home and wait it out? Seriously? Lol

Look at the photo above this news item. Even someone as stubbornly stupid as Brian Kemp is finally wearing a mask. 

He can do whatever he wants to do, this is still the US.

Put a mask on

I wouldn’t, my choice.

Dr. Fauci says hard-hit states should be 'pausing' the reopening process for schools

This is exactly what the man said,

“If you’re in the part of a country where the dynamics of the outbreak are really minimal, if at all, then there’s no problem at all in getting back. If you’re in a situation where you’re in outbreak mode, then you leave it up to the local individuals.”

In other words, he supports it, but leaves it up to the States and city officials to decide, which means, the liberal leaders will keep the country closed until there’s a cure and that could take years, sounds smart, yeah....

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what is the liberal solution? Just stay home and wait it out? Seriously? Lol

Ask a liberal.

But it sounds pretty sensible to me and has worked in other less petulant countries.

Anyway, I don’t believe you. I bet you wear a mask, just have to maintain the stance here now you’ve invested so much time on it.

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The GOP elitists have patronized establishments which require jackets and ties without any problems.

Now the same geniuses have a problem with masks!!!!!

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He can do whatever he wants to do, this is still the US.

Therein lies the fault of the problem. The hardiest patriots are bellowing a false idea. You can’t do whatever you want, that is not the American ideal or dream or anything close to resembling reality.

Try walking down the street naked or driving without a seatbelt if you’d like to test your theory.

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And yet more and more people are thinking he’s right as his numbers are rising even after all his advertisers left, 

’Charlie bit my finger’ had insane ratings, maybe we should have made Charlie President!!!!!

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So we should stay at home for how long?

There was consensus on this until Trump came along and turned everything into a 'me faultless' 'you stupid' fight with Cuomo. The country has been utterly divided since, and look where that has taken USA.

Stay home until the curve is flatten, the R number is manageable, or if you have a cooperative population the complete elimination of the virus from your community (like New Zealand did, before selfish foreigners brought the virus back).

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Divided Americans clash over mask wearing and schools reopening as coronavirus cases surge

This article's title really summarizes the absolute disaster and catastrophe of Trump's pandemic response...

When every medical professional says to wear a mask, Trump retweets a post from a far-right nut that says wearing a mask is "Anti-American" and promotes a "culture of slavery"...

All the while the virus infection rate continues to skyrocket...

And this week the death toll went over 140K...more Americans dead than in all the wars since 1945...

And our President hawks beans from the Oval Office...

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USA. 77,000 cases in one day.

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Dr. Fauci, is the only true American in the government standing up to Trump without getting political and sticking to the points of the lives of Americans and not taking any guff from side and or getting involved from the other side.

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Every important innovation has been vehemently opposed by one group of troglodytes or another. I was reading how some States over here rescinded their seat belt law due to vocal opposition, until the accident fatality rates went sky-high again.

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@Bass

I think everyone agrees with Dr. Fauci on school reopening but some, like yourself, interpret what he said to fit you own narrative. For example, as you quoted, he said:

If you're in the part of a country where the dynamics of the outbreak are really minimal...

There are very few parts of the country where the outbreak is minimal, especially Florida, Georgia, Arizona, Texas, etc. So what he’s saying is do not reopen in those and other States where the infection is spiking.

He also said:

... leave it up to local individuals

Which means Trump shouldn’t be trying to force those States to reopen under the threat of withholding funding if they don’t.

As an educator I agree with you that we should follow Fauchi’s advice which was, basically, that Trump is wrong to threaten States that don’t reopen and the majority of the country should postpone any reopening until the infections are under control and minimal and it’s safe to reopen.

Now is not the time to reopen full in-person schooling in most of the Ststes!

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Trump and his administration doesn't care about finding a cure or stopping this pandemic. NO. All he cares about is promoting goya products, patting himself on the back for bringing back the incandescent light bulb (?), and saying really nonsensical things.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-incandescent-bulbs-clean-water-twitter_n_5f1116bcc5b6cec246c0badf?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly9zZWFyY2gueWFob28uY29tLw&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAALS4ThAK7x4Espz1V3ilvBs241mvyphfF1IYgZy8tDY3oKbWeQQx6iyuZDwbZZT9gLNuzakHFJJYs326LORkMLfpVqLw3lm5L902t_yzJ4SaxR-83tey9h7t5eI5lzP2dZDKtbvYUtrf8MqnX7RPd9mO2IEdH-Owck47fySgOkzI

In any case, after watching the latest WH news conference, I'm convinced that something is really wrong with Trump when he babbles on by saying,

"People that haven't cried since they were a baby. Some of them never even when they were a baby, and they were crying"

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But it sounds pretty sensible to me and has worked in other less petulant countries.

And you are entitled to your opinion

Anyway, I don’t believe you.

That’s quite alright.

I bet you wear a mask, just have to maintain the stance here now you’ve invested so much time on it.

I don’t and I will ONLY if I’m being asked to, if not, I don’t.

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I think everyone agrees with Dr. Fauci on school reopening but some, like yourself, interpret what he said to fit you own narrative. For example, as you quoted, he said:

Not mine, liberals to your quote, you just made my argument for me.

There are very few parts of the country where the outbreak is minimal, especially Florida, Georgia, Arizona, Texas, etc. So what he’s saying is do not reopen

STOP! He did NOT say, do NOT reopen, he said: *If you’re in a situation where you’re in outbreak mode, *then you leave it up to the local individuals.”

Now who’s splicing words.....

... leave it up to local individuals

Which means Trump shouldn’t be trying to force those States to reopen under the threat of withholding funding if they don’t.

Why should Trump Fund any State that bungling the funds and then want money when they’re in a jam they created (the situation and want a bailout?

As an educator I agree with you that we should follow Fauchi’s advice which was, basically, that Trump is wrong to threaten States that don’t reopen and the majority of the country should postpone any reopening until the infections are under control and minimal and it’s safe to reopen.

Now is not the time to reopen full in-person schooling in most of the Ststes!

Ok, so when? Let’s say Biden wins the Presidency, the won’t end then either and then how long should we remain in lockdown 6 months? A year? With the economy already slowly crumbling, the Democrats will compound to the misery once they start raising takes and put the primary focus on the environment over anything else over the economy. They will completely destroy it and all the GND environmentally friendly policies won’t help or put food on the table for people that can’t even work.

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One of the more recent polls on mask wear....

In strictly partisan terms, 38% of Republicans and those who lean Republican report always wearing a mask when they’re near others outside their home; this nearly doubles, to 70%, among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents.

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/64-distrust-trump-coronavirus-pandemic-approval-declines-cases/story?id=71779279

Which will be very similar to the vote totals on Nov 3rd...

Repubs are starting to realize their "pact with the devil" in 2016 is driving them to ruin - a fact all of them will wake up to on Nov 4th...

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It seems to me Americans misunderstand something about face mask, not wear it forever, maybe for a couple of years at most. No violation of freedom. After vaccine is made, no need of face mask any more. Evidence is more masks they are wearing, less virus is spreading for each other. Mask is a better prevention. Why not wear it? Look at France, Spain, Italy, Germany, and others.

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Starting to look like post-breakup Yugoslavia there.

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There's only one country in the world that gets this excited and angry about such a simple thing. It's like having a teenager in the house getting angry about curfew, or something.

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It is, lighten up, read all the facts and opposite opposing points of views, don’t just listen to one source

Yes, but don’t cherry pick a source which backs up your politically motivated agenda. That isn’t how you approach matters involving science. On the mask issue, I read around and looked at the consensus among experts in the field. The consensus seems to be that masks are effective to a degree.

I don’t know the politics of these experts. Perhaps they are ‘socialist Marxists’ or ‘authoritarian anarchists’. I’m hoping they put their politics aside.

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I don’t want to hear about masks because most people wear them, I’m an individual

Reminds me of when I was a kid and some other kid had his bike on our driveway and my mom asked him to move his bicycle as she wanted to back the car out. The kid said, ‘I don’t have to move if I don’t want to.’ We all stared at the kid like, ‘really? Get a grip,’

Individualism certainly must be executed with at least a bit of common sense, but some never learn.

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I know & respect a lot of my US friends & colleagues, BUT it also blows my mind at just how many in the US are so staggeringly ignorant, stupid & with a large helping of ZERO common sense......

Toss in politics, race issues & the US just may well destroy itself!!

I am simply dumbfounded at how many daft Americans there are now & their numbers seem to be increasing......

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Yes, but don’t cherry pick

I didn’t, the Democrats are doing it and politicizing it.

On the mask issue, I read around and looked at the consensus among experts in the field. The consensus seems to be that masks are effective to a degree. 

https://www.livescience.com/are-face-masks-effective-reducing-coronavirus-spread.html

To a degree, but may also not help.

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The brainless followers of the brainless president following his brainless lead and not wearing masks.

if only we could put them on an island together.

Maybe in 2021 we will!!!!

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141,000 deaths and wearing a mask hurts their sensibilities!!!!!

Will they wear one if we make it in confederate flag colors??

They’ll be happy, we’ll be safe, and the bigots will stand out.

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Forcing people against their will is authoritative at best. Let people decide for themselves.

Maybe in 2021 we will!!!

or maybe they won’t, defunding the police is not a helpful thing to run on despite the virus fear mongering.

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or maybe they won’t, defunding the police is not a helpful thing to run on despite the virus fear mongering.

They still have police in Russia, trump and his followers can fund them.

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An American arguing about mask wearing but is stuck in Japan. Dr. Fauci says wear the mask especially younger people.

Americans everyday are required to follow the laws whether they agree or not.

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I’m not aligning myself with any of these ideologies but I’d be sure to know what they represent before I started bandying the words around.

Makes more sense than regurgitating what Tucker Carlson was last getting agitated about.

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