Source: Blue Ridge Now

At a speech on the Fourth of July, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest delivered a meandering speech that is more accurately described as a tirade laced with lies about the coronavirus pandemic.

At the event, where few if any wore facial coverings, Forest said, “There have been multiple comprehensive studies at the deepest level held to scientific standards in controlled environments that have all said for decades, masks do not work with viruses. That’s why we’ve never used a mask for a coronavirus before, ever.”

Despite Forest’s claims, studies have indicated mask coverings can be effective in curbing the spread of coronavirus. A recent study was led by UNC researchers.

Meanwhile, the governor has consistently called for citizens to practice the Three W’s: wear a face covering, wash your hands, and wait six feet apart. 

“We’ve got to realize that strong people wear face coverings because it is a sign of compassion and that you actually care about people,” Cooper said

In another portion of the speech, Forest claimed that “a group of people” had attempted to weaponize the coronavirus and the murder of George Floyd.

“There is a group of people in America that took advantage of a virus, that took advantage of the death of George Floyd, because they want to wreak havoc on America, they want to bring destruction to America, they want to bring destruction to the institutions of America that make America the greatest country in the world,” Forest said.

Forest also suggested that the state ought to reopen now, even as health officials urge caution. He also added a jab against Dr. Mandy Cohen, Secretary of NCDHHS.

“The original goal was to flatten the curve, and then we’ve had order after order after order when the curve was flat so there was no reason for the other orders other than Mandy Cohen saying, ‘We want to do this until the virus is eliminated from our state.’ That’s just not possible or practical. We have to learn to live with viruses,” Forest said.

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