West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice stated Thursday that he disagreed with the choices by fellow Republican governors in Texas and Mississippi to carry masks mandates, calling such steps unwise and reflective of a “macho” mentality.
“I don’t want to be critical, but some people want to just move because it’s the most politically correct thing that they can do,” Justice advised CNN’s John King, when questioned about Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves every saying the tip of state masks mandates this week. “It becomes almost a macho thing… In West Virginia, we want to be cautious, we want to be safe, we want to be respectful of everybody’s rights.”
Justice stated he had not broached ending West Virginia’s masks mandate along with his medical staff. He careworn that his state ― which boasts one of the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the world because of a powerful rollout by coordination with native pharmacies and the National Guard ― had listened to scientific consultants and exercised warning concerning the coronavirus pandemic.
“At the end of the day, we’re going to do the smart thing in West Virginia,” he stated.
The governor stated he was not a fan of “crazy masks” himself, however added, “As we continue to vaccinate more and more and more, we’ll get rid of the mask.”
“I don’t know really what the big rush to get rid of the mask is, because these masks have saved a lot of lives,” he stated. “And even the most confident person that doesn’t want anything to do with the mask is still saying they saved lives. And so at the end of the day, I don’t know what the rush is, and if we don’t watch out, we can make some mistakes.”
This is just not the primary event that “Big Jim” Justice, a noted ally of former President Donald Trump, has differed from GOP colleagues on coronavirus-related points. He additionally has been a vocal proponent of shortly passing President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid invoice, which Republicans in Congress have opposed. In an interview final month with The New York Times, he argued that the U.S. wanted to “go bold and go big” on pandemic restoration efforts.
“I have been a business guy all my life, and I know that when you have a real problem, you can’t cut your way out of the problem,” Justice advised the Times. “Too often we try to skinny everything down and not fund it properly.”
Justice received his first time period in 2016 as a Democrat however shortly switched events and aligned himself with Trump. He received a second time period final November with nearly 65% of the vote.
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