Former President Donald Trump fired back at institutions trying to reinstate mask mandates due to COVID, saying, “We will not comply.”
Trump made the comments, railing against the left’s push to “restart the COVID hysteria,” in a video statement posted to social media Wednesday.
Several private institutions, hospital operators, and colleges have reintroduced mask requirements for staff or visitors to their sites as new coronavirus variants emerge.
Trump voiced his disdain for what he calls “COVID tyrants” and had a very important four-word message to deliver.
“To every COVID tyrant who wants to take away our freedom, hear these words: We will not comply,” he declared. “So don’t even think about it.”
COVID Tyrants want to take away our Freedom.
Hear my words— WE WILL NOT COMPLY. pic.twitter.com/Kql1YaxuO0
— Team Trump (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TeamTrump) August 30, 2023
Trump on COVID Lockdowns: We Will Not Comply
Trump’s comments address what may be one of the biggest weaknesses of his previous administration.
While he was clearly listening to bad advice from incompetent individuals like Dr. Anthony Fauci, the former President’s COVID response was not wise.
The lockdowns began with his administration and he refused to fire Fauci despite aides advising him to on multiple occasions.
What didn’t happen on Trump’s watch, however, were forced compliance mandates. And he appears to have learned a lesson when it comes to how the country responded to the pandemic.
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Next time, should he win back the White House in 2024, things are going to be different.
“We will not shut down our schools. We will not accept your lockdowns. We will not abide by your mask mandates, and we will not tolerate your vaccine mandates,” he said.
Going even further, he vowed to go after the bank accounts of any institution that implements mandates or lockdowns.
“When I’m back in the White House, I will use every available authority to cut federal funding to any school, college, airline, or public transportation system that imposes a mask mandate or a vaccine mandate,” Trump announced.
“When I’m back in the White House I will use every available authority to cut federal funding to any school, college, airline or public transportation system that imposes a mask mandate or a vaccine mandate.” – @realDonaldTrump https://t.co/DGLUdxJLXx
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) August 30, 2023
Trump Says COVID Lockdowns Meant to Interfere in Election
The crux of Trump’s commentary for the ‘COVID tyrants’ is that Democrats are going to use lockdowns and mandates as a means to meddle in the 2024 presidential election.
We all saw evidence of that in 2020 when many state governors and health boards unconstitutionally changed voting laws without state legislatures – Pennsylvania was counting votes days after the election – and made a heavy, heavy push for mail-in ballots.
“They want to restart the COVID hysteria so they can justify more lockdowns, more censorship, more illegal drop boxes, more mail-in ballots, and trillions of dollars in payoffs to their political allies heading into the 2024 election,” Trump claimed.
Wow it’s so crazy that we might have to lockdown RIGHT before the 2024 election. Thankfully we have mail-in ballots. It’s not a coincidence at all!
— Kevin Sorbo (@ksorbs) August 22, 2023
“The left-wing lunatics are trying very hard to bring back COVID lockdowns and mandates with all of their sudden fearmongering about the new variants that are coming,” Trump said in his video message.
“Gee whiz, you know what else is coming? An election.”
What are the odds?
If local schools and/or businesses bring back mask or vaccine mandates you, as Trump states, should not comply. The fact that they are considering these same tactics shows a stunning level of ignorance.
Editor’s note: This article’s headline has been updated.
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