Sen. Rand Paul has doubled down that he will resist any attempt from a Biden administration to institute a nationwide lockdown in hopes of slowing the spread of coronavirus.
Speaking during an interview with WABC on the CATS Roundtable with John Catsimatidis on Sunday, Paul stated, “I’m going to do everything I can to try to prevent Biden from locking us up and locking us down and forcing us to wear masks forever. We can’t go on like this forever.”
“Today, Biden’s talking more about a lockdown,” Paul added. “This is absolutely why he’s going to be a terrible president if we get him. He’s going to ruin the country. Lockdowns don’t work. And in fact, all of the evidence on mandatory masks show that they don’t work either.”
“There’s about 10 different countries or venues, maybe 20, that instituted mandatory masks, and every one of them to a T, the infection rate or the COVID rate went up after the mask mandate,” Paul continued. “Now, this is just showing that … all these mitigation strategies — washing our hands, staying six feet apart — they really don’t work, frankly. And the virus, as the Wall Street Journal put it, is insidious. It does what it’s going to do. The only thing that’s going to stop it is either enough immunity among individuals in the community or a vaccine.”
Former Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, co-chair of Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s coronavirus task force, stated that a national lockdown would be a “measure of last resort” on Sunday, contradicting an earlier suggestion by Dr. Michael Osterholm who suggested another four-to-six-week lockdown.
Paul, who contracted the virus in March, has faced criticism for comments he made recently suggesting that 11 million Americans who had previously had the virus are not “immune” from it and should “throw away their masks.