Throughout 2020, even as his own health officials emphasized the importance of mask-wearing as a way to slow the virus that's killed over 600 thousand Americans, former President Donald Trump railed against masks and resisted wearing one in public.
This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised Americans to begin wearing masks again in public indoor settings in high-transmission areas, regardless of vaccination status.
The reversal of May guidelines that removed mask recommendations for vaccinated Americans was in response to the skyrocketing cases of the Delta variant of the virus, whose transmissibility and severity is far worse than the original strain that upended daily life in America for more than a year.
Even as cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to skyrocket, the former President—a constant source of deliberate disinformation regarding the pandemic and the threat posed by the virus—weighed in to encourage his supporters not to heed public health expert.
Banned from Twitter, the statement was issued by his spokeswoman, serial liar Liz Harrington.
NEW! "We won’t go back. We won’t mask our children. Joe Biden and his Administration learned nothing from the last… https://t.co/E35tQkuqK3— Liz Harrington (@Liz Harrington) 1627432090.0
The statement reads:
"We won't go back. We won't mask our children. Joe Biden & his Administration learned nothing from the last year. Brave Americans learned how to safely & responsibly live & fight back. Don't surrender to COVID. Don't go back! Why do Democrats distrust the science? Don't let this happen to our children or our Country."
Trump urged his followers to flout public health guidelines for the sake of America's children, who are being hospitalized at much higher rates thanks to the severity of the Delta variant. Like many Republicans, Trump has come out against enforcing mask usage for children, despite a new school year looming and no vaccination eligibility for children under 12.
Trump's latest statement is dangerous, and people called him out.
@realLizUSA Don't "surrender" to COVID? Do you think there's a scenerio where you "defeat" it without vaccines and… https://t.co/lX4IXPEj4Z— Michelle Barrineau (@Michelle Barrineau) 1627433972.0
@realLizUSA The defeated president says: “Brave Americans learned how to safely and responsibly live and fight back… https://t.co/j29IVQD6Ug— Keith Murray (@Keith Murray) 1627436525.0
@realLizUSA It's a pandemic&You should know this.We can't "Tell" it to go back. We keep it controlled with vaccines… https://t.co/eYPneECYQn— Growl (@Growl) 1627443941.0
@realLizUSA This is SO like, "Get offa my lawn." Sad. People are dead and dying because of the people behind this account.— Lowicious Bridge (@Lowicious Bridge) 1627432799.0
@realLizUSA How many Republican voters is Donny willing to sacrifice? When is his next super-spreader event?— Deb Sommer (@Deb Sommer) 1627433011.0
Trump is supposedly permanently banned from Twitter, after his petty insults and incessant lies sparked a deadly failed insurrection against the United States Capitol.
But Liz Harrington eagerly uses her account to issue statements on Trump's behalf, including the same lies that prompted the Capitol Riots and the same medical disinformation that's contributed to untold numbers of deaths.
People are sick of Twitter allowing it to continue.
@TwitterSafety -- this account is being used to subvert your ban on Donald Trump. She is spreading his dangerous li… https://t.co/4drJZBEdA0— 🌊 🇺🇸 Beagles resist daily 😷♿ (@🌊 🇺🇸 Beagles resist daily 😷♿) 1627480857.0
Meanwhile, a number of Republicans in the House of Representatives are refusing to wear masks while inside the Capitol, in defiance of rules placed by the House Physician.