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Late. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Approached reporters before entering Nashville International Airport for what he said was his first flight since a judge tossed the Biden administration’s mask mandate for public transportation.
Paul, himself a physician, had long been a fierce opponent of the mask mandate and a regular challenger of public health officials throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
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“It’s a happy day! No more masks!” Paul cheered. “We see nothing but smiles here at Nashville Airport. People have been tired, sick and tired of wearing the masks. We are ready to be free again, and thank God for a judge who was willing to make the right decision. “And the administration is appealing, but my hope is that we will never have to do this again. Congress never gave the CDC permission to pass this.”
The Republican senator also argued that masks were never effective in the first place, citing data that supported his claim.
“If you look at the medical examinations of masks, you find that they do not work. Randomized, controlled examinations in Denmark, thousands of people wore masks, thousands of people did not, no difference in the incidence of the disease, said Paul. “Florida, the same. Half of the school districts wore masks, half did not. No difference in incidence.”
U.S. District Court Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle ruled last week that the mandate was inappropriate for several reasons, including that the statute on which the CDC relied did not give them the power to issue a mask mandate.
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“There is no statute that gave the CDC authority. The CDC is a government body and they have certain powers, but the only powers they have, we give them,” he said. “If you look at the statute that made it possible for the CDC, it says nothing about the mandate to mask anyone. So power was never given to them. Congress is the same way. The Constitution has enumerated powers, and the Tenth Amendment says that “These powers are not given. Express to Congress is reserved for the states and the people. So there is nothing in the Constitution that gives them the power of the police to give mandate to masks. Local officials could pass it, but it should be a law.”
“It sounds like a minor point, but it’s a big point who’s making laws,” Paul continued. “You can get rid of your elected officials. How do we get rid of the head of the CDC? They are non-responsive, non-elected bureaucrats.”
Paul said that being a health official does not make one a dictator, saying that is what happens in authoritarian countries.
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“In our country, a public health official should give you a recommendation,” he said. “They can give you a recommendation for a mask, but they should not mandate it.”
Asked how being forced to wear a mask is different from being forced to take off his shoes to go through airport security, Paul said that “we have had so many freedoms taken from us”, but that “I think covering our faces has probably been more of a violation of our sensibilities and our freedom than almost anything else we have to go through.”