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Why is the U.S. mishandling the COVID crisis so badly? Blame Donald Trump and the Republican Party, sure, but save some space for the insane right-wingers who elect them.

On Tuesday night, commissioners in Palm Beach County, Florida unanimously passed an ordinance required face masks in public spaces. That’s the good news. What’s frightening are some of the people who delivered public comments denouncing the decision as an attack on their freedom. A couple of the speakers — I’m not printing their names here — cited God in defense of their ignorance. They also pushed a string of wild conspiracy theories.

You can see the full meeting here, but the clip below highlights two of the worst speakers. Watch it if you dare.

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One lady is frightened about how the masks will block oxygen from entering our bodies — that’s not true — before accusing officials of trying to “throw God’s wonderful breathing system out the door.” Spoiler: You can still breathe while wearing a face mask.

The other speaker says the masks are killing people (a lie), and that citizen’s arrests are already underway (no), and that the commissioners are obeying “the Devil’s laws” (not even close), and that they’ll be “punished by God” (ha), and that “the 5G” are coming after the people (wut), and that the commissioners should “be in a psych ward” (sure), and Bill Gates needs to be in jail (huh?), and Hillary Clinton too (seriously?), and something about pedophiles (how…?).

It should come as no surprise that these people love Trump and they plan to vote for him. All the more reason these clips should be in Democrats’ online ads already since they ought to inspire everyone to get off their butts, request their absentee ballots, and donate whatever they can to get Republicans out of office.

Meanwhile, Florida has seen a record spike in COVID cases this week. People not wearing face masks are a large part of the problem.

Hemant Mehta is the founder of, a YouTube creator, podcast co-host, and author of multiple books about atheism. He can be reached at @HemantMehta.

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