Charlie Kirk, the founder of the conservative organization Turning Point USA, is taking some heat from other conservatives after his anti-mask statements on his podcast.
Kirk made several statements, including saying he refuses to wear a mask anywhere except on a flight because he has to fly to do his job to “bring the truth to you.”
The comment that’s getting the most pushback is when Kirk insinuates that wearing a mask makes you sicker.
I say, well first of all, the science around masks is very questionable, very questionable. In fact some people, some doctors think that masks actually make you sicker and have you less likely to be able to get oxygen and more likely to infect yourself, and less likely to be able to fight the virus, and actually more likely to be able to die sooner. A lot of people believe that. I’ve met many doctors that hold that view.https://www.mediamatters.org/coronavirus-covid-19/charlie-kirk-declares-he-wont-wear-masks-because-he-doesnt-believe-science
He then goes on to talk about civil liberty issues, yet says he’s in favor of the government mandating someone to wear a seat belt because it saves lives.
Now I think there’s some restrictions that I support. I’m actually in the minority, I support seatbelt laws, because I think seatbelts actually save lives, and I actually think it’s not that big of an infringement on your liberty. I kind of disagree with a lot of people on this. I mean, some super strict libertarians say ”Oh no, no seatbelts ever–” OK, if you fly through the window of a car because you didn’t want to wear a seatbelt and all of a sudden I have to pay for your healthcare, that’s ridiculous. A mask might not even work, a mask is questionable at best.
Kirk is getting criticized by other conservatives over his stance.