Former President Donald Trump has released a strongly-worded video statement in opposition to efforts aimed at reinstating COVID-19 restrictions, including lockdowns, mask mandates, and vaccine mandates. Trump’s remarks are prompted by concerns that new variants of COVID-19 are being used to manipulate the upcoming 2024 presidential election.
In the video shared on Truth Social, Trump accuses what he calls “left-wing lunatics” of using fear tactics to create a basis for renewed COVID-19 restrictions. He asserts that the underlying motive is to influence the 2024 election by reigniting what he labels the “COVID hysteria.”
Trump’s message emphasizes that these alleged attempts to bring back COVID-related measures are driven by political interests, including potential lockdowns, censorship, changes to election procedures, and financial support to political allies.
He emphasizes that he and his supporters will resist complying with new restrictions, stating that they will not allow schools to shut down, mask mandates to be imposed, or vaccine mandates to be enforced. Trump asserts that if he returns to the White House, he will use his authority to cut federal funding to institutions that implement such mandates.
This statement follows reports that the Biden administration is preparing to reintroduce certain COVID-19 restrictions, starting with mask mandates for TSA and airport employees. An official from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) revealed that mask mandates are expected to be reinstated for airport employees, with the policy potentially extending to pilots, flight staff, passengers, and all airport patrons by mid-October.
Trump’s remarks reflect concerns about the intersection of public health measures and political agendas, with both sides asserting their respective viewpoints regarding the best course of action in managing the ongoing pandemic.