Huckabee to Newsmax: You Can’t Make Mask Wearing a ‘Permanent Emergency Order’

Huckabee to Newsmax: You Can't Make Mask Wearing a 'Permanent Emergency Order' (Newsmax/Spicer & Co.)

By Nick Koutsobinas | Monday, 20 December 2021 08:28 PM

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told Newsmax, after speaking to masks, that you cannot have an "indefinite permanent emergency order" on matters relating to COVID-19.

Appearing on "Spicer & Co." Huckabee said, "you can't have an indefinite permanent emergency order. At some point, you have to bring in your legislative body. You have to ask the people's representatives to affirm what you're doing, and that hasn't been done. I just think it's getting to the place where people are sick of it, even in places that are blue states. A lot of people are fed up with having the government not only tell them what to do but change the orders and change the so-called science."

"I do think that this idea of masks and making us wear them indefinitely is just growing old, and people are saying 'wait … I am an adult, and I'm going to start acting like one.'"

At the start of the pandemic, when lockdowns were just getting going in March 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser, told "60 Minutes" that masks do not work for the general population.

"When you're in the middle of an outbreak wearing a mask might make people feel a little bit better … ," Fauci said, delivering air quotes, "but it's not providing the perfect protection people think that it is. Often there are unintended consequences: people keep fiddling with the mask, and they keep touching their face." Fauci went on to cite that people should not wear masks because it could "lead to a shortage of masks" for healthcare professionals.

On Sunday, Fauci told ABC's "This Week" that mask-wearing on planes should not end, "even though the filtration is good."

The comments go against Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly, who said, according to The Washington Post, that airplane filtration systems are "very safe, very high-quality, compared to any other indoor setting." An aircraft, he adds, "is the safest place you can be. It's true of all of our aircraft — they all have the same HEPA filters and air flow."

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