(USA Features) A fired-up Sen. Rand Paul urged Americans en masse to “resist” any new attempts by the Biden administration and Democrats around the country to reimpose mask mandates and lockdowns amid a rise in new Delta variant COVID-19 cases.
In a video posted to Twitter, the Kentucky Republican also lashed out at Speaker Nancy Pelosi and informed the California Democrat she was not going to be permitted to have him or his staff arrested or stopped for violations of her newly imposed COVID restrictions.
“We are at a moment of truth and a crossroads. Will we allow these people to use fear and propaganda to do further harm to our society, economy, and children? Or will we stand together and say, absolutely not. Not this time. I choose freedom,” Paul wrote in the post accompanying his video.
“It’s time for us to resist,” Paul says in the video. “They can’t arrest all of us.
“They can’t keep all of your kids home from school. They can’t keep every government building closed. Although, I’ve got a long list of ones they might keep closed or might ought to keep closed,” he added.
“Nancy Pelosi, you will not arrest or stop me or anyone on my staff from doing our jobs,” Paul added.
“We have either had COVID, had the vaccine, or been offered the vaccine. We will make our own health choices,” he continued.
“We will not show you a passport. We will not wear a mask. We will not be forced into random screenings and testings, so you can continue your drunk-with-power reign over the Capitol,” the senator said.
Pelosi reimplemented a new mask-wearing policy two weeks ago, though House attending physician Brian P. Monahan was maskless when he was lecturing Republicans on the new policy.
That led Republicans to take to the Senate floor July 29 to demand that Democrats end the mandates.
We are at a moment of truth and a crossroads. Will we allow these people to use fear and propaganda to do further harm to our society, economy, and children?
Or will we stand together and say, absolutely not. Not this time. I choose freedom. pic.twitter.com/XrI2tjdAHW
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 8, 2021
Still, Democrats have continued to suggest that more lockdowns may be in the offing even for vaccinated Americans, even as they continue pressuring unvaccinated people to take the shot.
Some Democrat-run states like Nevada have already tightened restrictions, while the Democratic mayor of Washington D.C., Muriel Bowser, reimposed a mask mandate for the city in late July.
Also, masking requirements are again in place for federal agencies and federal contractors following new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which also says even vaccinated Americans should mask up in most situations.
“President Biden: We will not accept your agency’s mandates or your reported moves toward a lockdown,” Paul said in his video.
“No one should follow the CDC’s anti-science mask mandates,” he added.
“And if you want to shut down federal agencies again, some of which aren’t even back to work yet, I will stop every bill coming through the Senate with an amendment to cut their funding if they don’t come back to work in-person,” Paul vowed.