Buck Sexton, the host of “The Buck Sexton Show,” on Wednesday slammed the “exploitation of fear” and “cultural tribalism” that has gripped the U.S. over the face mask debate and said the coronavirus outbreak has now become a political ideology battleground instead of a fight against a deadly disease.
Politics were never too far behind the outbreak. Democrats jumped on the attack early to criticize President Trump for banning flights from China and the rhetoric has only intensified. Democrats now eye a second massive stimulus filled with pork and continue to blast the president on a wide range of issues, from his decision to take hydroxychloroquine to his refusal to wear masks in public.
“It’s becoming even more clear than it ever was before that what we face is a political fight now more than a fight against a virus,” Sexton said. He said the exploitation of “anti-Trump insanity” for the purposes of political mobilization has been frightening.
Sexton took particular issue with the mask-wearing debate. He pointed to how so-called experts got much of the disease wrong in its early stages and pointed to an interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci from earlier this year.
Fauci, the top infectious disease doctor in the U.S., saying in an interview that wearing a mask was unnecessary.
“People should not be walking around with masks,” he said at the time. “There’s no reason to be walking around with a mask. When you’re in the middle of an outbreak, wearing a mask might make people feel a little bit better; it might even block a droplet, but it is not providing the perfect protection that people think that it is and often there are unintended consequences.”
Fauci said people tend to “fiddle with masks” and touch their face. He said “when you think mask, you should think healthcare providers needing them or people who are ill.
Sexton was critical of Fauci who gave an interview on Tuesday night where he said he wears a mask in public as a “symbol” for Americans to follow. Fauci said wearing a mask was a sign of respect for fellow citizens.
Sexton asked what changed from then until now that now that changed in regards to masks.
“What have we learned from then until now that has changed?” Sexton asked. He said the country panicked, were told to lockdown and only after “weeks and weeks” of spread were told to start wearing them based on an assumption.
Sexton said masks are becoming a form of social control.
“This is now: ‘You must submit,’” Sexton said. “This is the government’s way of forcing people to bend the knee after the ineptitude and stupidity of our government overlords at all levels on this issue has been all too clear.”