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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has taken aim at the continued masking of children in schools, pointing to the many “wealthy celebrities” without masks at the Super Bowl on Sunday when children are still forced to wear the covers.
“The only science that has changed in the last two weeks is political science,” McConnell said Monday. “Even as Democrats allow adults to return to normal, they cling to their emergency powers over K-12 classrooms.”
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McConnell appeared to be referring to several high profile personalities who were spotted maskless during NBC’s Super Bowl coverage, including Jay-Z, Charlize Theron, LeBron James, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck.
Social media users who tuned in to the broadcast were quick to point out that California school children are still under strict COVID-19 restrictions, including the mandatory use of masks.
“Here’s the video of every celebrity without a mask during the Super Bowl. But every kid in California will have to wear them to school tomorrow,” Outkick.com’s Clay Travis tweeted during the game. “They all have to hold their breath the whole game.”
McConnell was among those who noticed, noting that young students watching the game would be made to “cover their faces” the next day at school.
“Americans who watched the Super Bowl saw wealthy celebrities having fun with barely a mask in sight,” McConnell said. “But according to Democrat policy, freshmen who watched that big party last night had to wake up this morning and wear face coverings…to go to school.”
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The Kentucky lawmaker also argued that people “have known for many months” that vaccines work to reduce the risk of COVID-19 to a level that should allow a return to normal.
“We know…that this variant is significantly softer,” McConnell said. “We have known for many months that universally available vaccines reduce the risk of hospitalization or death to the level of many routine risks that we all constantly face in our daily lives.”