One politician that still has his feet firmly planted in reality is Kentucky Senator Rand Paul who, like many an American, isn’t quite buying the demands by politicians to continue wearing masks (sometimes two) even after vaccination.
Confronting Dr. Anthony Fauci in person during the Senate hearing over the COVID-19 pandemic, Paul cornered Fauci on his insistence that healthy, COVID-immune Americans still continue to follow unnecessary protocols that force them to wear masks and restrict freedoms and asked that he present a study that backs his decisions. Meanwhile, Paul presented many studies that showed a stark lack of infection happening from those who had had the virus before or were immunized.
“You’re telling everybody to wear a mask, whether they’ve had an infection or a vaccine. What I’m saying is that they have immunity, and everybody agrees they have immunity,” Paul said. “What studies do you have that people that have had the vaccine or have had the infection or the vaccine are spreading the infection? If we’re not spreading the infection, isn’t it just theater? You’ve had the vaccine and you’re wearing two masks, isn’t that theater?”
Fauci, no stranger to Paul ripping away his curtain, became visibly frustrated and fired back at Paul.
“No, it’s not — here we go again with the theater. Let’s get down to the facts,” Fauci responded.
Fauci pointed to the studies Paul quoted, noting that the authors “specifically say, ‘this does not necessarily pertain to the actual protection, it’s in-vitro.” He did agree with Paul that those who were infected have six months of immunity, but not against varying strains of the virus. Fauci said that the variants are an “entirely different ballgame” and that’s why we still need to wear masks.
Paul wasn’t having it, though, and pressed Fauci to name the study that showed significant reinfection or death after natural infection or the vaccine.
“It doesn’t exist,” said Paul. “There is no evidence that there is significant reinfection after the vaccine.”
“You’re not hearing what I’m saying about variants, we’re talking about wild-type vs. variants,” Fauci said, claiming that the B.1.1.7 variant is growing in the United States.
Once again, Paul pressed him to present the study that proves this again, to which Fauci then admitted that it doesn’t exist because the “variant” he kept referring to isn’t “prevalent yet.”
Paul then nailed Fauci by pointing out that he’s making policy based around conjecture and is attempting to force Americans to wear masks for two years despite the fact that once you have the virus it can’t be gotten again.
“You parade around in two masks for show! You can’t get it again!” said Paul. “There’s virtually a zero percent chance you’re going to get it and yet you’re telling people that have the vaccine, who have immunity — you’re defying everything we know about immunity by telling people to wear masks who have been vaccinated.”
Paul pointed out that if Fauci wants people to get the vaccine, he needs to tell them it’s safe to take off their mask once they do instead of hitting them with more nanny-state control.
“People don’t want to hear it. There’s no science behind it,” said Paul.
What was Fauci’s reaction?
“I totally disagree with you.”
.@RandPaul evicerates Dr. Fauci over the “theater” of requiring Americans already immune from Covid to continue wearing masks.
Fauci’s ultimate rebuttal: “I totally disagree with you” pic.twitter.com/Ea0utSRUAb
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 18, 2021
Hilariously, what the video doesn’t show is Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine proving Paul correct by admitting that he wears it to make others feel better, even though he doesn’t have the virus.
“I have had COVID, and I’ve been vaccinated, and I wear a mask. I wear a mask to make other people feel safer, even if there weren’t variants,” he said.
Paul nailed it. It’s theater at this point and even the Democrats are cool with it.