Tucker Carlson has argued that Americans should start asking people to remove their masks outside because science shows there isn’t a reason to wear them and it makes other people feel uncomfortable.
‘The next time you see someone in a mask on the sidewalk or the bike path, don’t hesitate. Ask politely but firmly: ‘would you please take off your mask? Science shows there is no reason to wear it. Your mask is making me uncomfortable’,’ Carlson said.
‘We should do that, and we should keep doing it, until wearing a mask outdoors is roughly as socially accepted as lighting a Marlboro in an elevator. It’s repulsive. Don’t do it around other people. That’s the message we should send because it’s true.’
Tucker Carlson said during his show on Monday night that the fact Americans are being told to still wear masks outside amid the COVID-19 pandemic ‘should shock us’
He suggested that liberals have become ‘aggressors’ for pushing for, or enforcing, mask wearing across the country amid the pandemic.
Carlson said Democrats would applaud if someone burnt an American flag in public but would be upset if they burned masks.
‘If you decide to burn an American flag in a public park tomorrow, how would they respond to that? Well, of course, they would applaud. That’s your First Amendment right. You’d be fighting the tyranny of the people who created this horrifying country.
‘How, by contrast, would they respond if you burned a pile of surgical masks in a public park tomorrow? They probably wouldn’t like it. But that’s your right too.’
He argued that ‘power-drunk politicians’ had wrecked the country by enforcing mask wearing and claims that such mandates has actually put people at risk, including children.
‘There’s no scientific justification for any of it. Children are not at meaningful risk from COVID. They never have been. Adults who’ve been vaccinated or naturally infected – and that’s a huge percentage of the American population – aren’t either,’ he said.
‘If you’ve got high levels of antibodies in your system, you’re almost certainly safe. Those who don’t have antibodies can get the shot. Every American who wants the vaccine can get one.
Carlson argued Americans should start asking people to remove their masks outside because science shows there isn’t a reason to wear them and it makes other people feel uncomfortable. Pictured above is New York City’s Time Square in March
Carlson suggested that liberals have become ‘aggressors’ for pushing for, or enforcing, mask wearing across the country amid the pandemic
‘At this point, there is no scientific justification for any mask mandate, anywhere. It’s that simple. The idea that people are being told, being forced, to wear masks outside should shock us.’
He pointed to recent comments made by Dr Anthony Fauci regarding whether masks were still needed outside.
Carlson claimed Fauci has been forced to concede that there wasn’t a risk of mass transmission of COVID-19 outdoors.
Fauci, in an interview with ABC on Sunday, had said he believed new mask guidance from the CDC was imminent.
‘What I believe you’re going to be hearing, what the country is going to be hearing soon, is updated guidelines from the CDC,’ Fauci said.
‘The CDC is a science-based organization. They don’t want to make any guidelines unless they look at the data and the data backs it up.
‘I think it’s pretty common sense now that outdoor risk is really, really quite low, particularly – I mean, if you are a vaccinated person, wearing a mask outdoors, I mean, obviously, the risk is minuscule.’
The Biden administration is expected to relax federal public health guidance on wearing masks outdoors as early as Tuesday.
He pointed to recent comments made by Dr Anthony Fauci regarding whether masks were still needed outside. Fauci said at the weekend that he believed the risk of a vaccinated person contracting COVID outside was low
Carlson went on to point out how Vice President Kamala Harris still wears a mask outside and social distances even though she is fully vaccinated. He accused Harris of carrying out a ‘charade’ that doesn’t have anything to do with science or public health
Currently, the CDC guidance recommends people wear cloth face coverings ‘in public settings when around people outside their household, especially when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain’.
Carlson went on to point out how Vice President Kamala Harris still wears a mask outside and social distances even though she is fully vaccinated.
The CDC updated its guidance last month to say fully vaccinated people could gather indoors without wearing a mask or remaining six feet apart with others who have been fully vaccinated.
Fully vaccinated people can also gather inside with unvaccinated people from another household without masks or social distancing if that person, or people they live with, does not have an increase risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
Carlson accused Harris of carrying out a ‘charade’ that doesn’t have anything to do with science or public health, and questioned why Americans had to follow suit.
‘We let power-drunk politicians wreck our country in exchange for promising to protect us from a virus that 99 percent of us would have survived anyway. What were we thinking?’ he said.
‘Masks have always been incompatible with a free society. We used to know that. Masks strip people of their identity as individuals. Mask transform people from citizens into drones. They isolate us. They alienate us. They shut us off from one another. They prevent intimacy and human contact. If I can’t see your face, I can’t know you. Masks are for the guilty. They’re signifiers of shame and submission.
‘Until recently, many jurisdictions had laws against wearing masks in public. Only Klansmen and armed robbers wore masks. The rest of us showed our faces. We were free people.’