(USA Features) A GOP lawmaker from South Carolina said Monday he believes Americans will “revolt” if they are told to wear masks again as the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus spreads.
In an interview with Newsmax TV, Rep. Ralph Norman said he doesn’t believe many Americans will take new mask mandates “well.”
“I don’t think they’re going to take it well,” Norman, who was fined $500 by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for not wearing a mask on the House floor, told the network’s morning show.
“I don’t think they’re going to take it well I think you can see massive revolts against doing this, particularly with this administration and being so hypocritical in other areas,” he added.
“I think they’ll revolt against it.”
Norman made his predictive comments after the country’s lead immunologist and top Biden administration health adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Sunday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are considering revising current guidelines to recommend that even fully vaccinated people wear a mask in public again.
Instead, Norman says, he wants to know why the Biden administration has yet to set up a panel to find out the true origins of the virus.
“It stuns me that no one is more curious about finding out where this actually came from so we can make sure it doesn’t happen again,” he said.
He went on to say that he has been hearing scuttlebutt that the administration will “probably try” to enforce a vaccine mandate for Americans.
“You know, we’ve got freedom in this country to choose whether we get vaccinated or not,” said Norman.
“I got vaccinated. But the same thing on the mask. Most of the doctors I talked with say masks do no good,” he added.
“This is another scare tactic that I think this administration is using,” he went on, saying he believes it’s “hypocritical” that migrants can stream illegally into the U.S. without concern from the Biden administration over mask-wearing or even if they are carrying the virus.
He said if the White House is serious about a vaccine mandate, “they would use that as a real reason to mandate vaccines for these people, but they’re not doing it.”
Norman, along with Reps. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) and Majorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) have all lost appeals to have their mask fines rescinded.
The South Carolina Republican went on to slam House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s 1/6 Committee for picking only Republicans to serve on it who are known opponents of former President Donald Trump.
“She wants to keep all the focus on Donald Trump for the midterms, and that’s what will happen instead of solving the problems in this country,” he said.
“Look at the crisis on the border. Look at inflation. Look at what people are paying at the gas pump all and you know so many things that she ought to be doing and informing commissions on, but she is a dictator,” he continued.
Calling it “a dog and pony show” that will “be extended past December,” Norman said that Pelosi’s panel will be politicized from the outset.
“Into the midterms and the only thing that matters to this administration is power, and that’s what they’re trying to maintain,” he told Newsmax.