(FreedomBeacon.com)- Republican Governor of Arkansas made the shocking claim last Sunday that his decision to ban mask mandates in his state was an “error.” The Republican governor, who was widely praised when he issued the order ensuring that people were given the choice of whether or not to wear a mask when out in public, failed to cite any evidence that masks are effective in stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Just a matter of weeks ago Hutchinson had defended his ban, but has since turned his back on the police as his state sees a surge of COVID-19 cases.
The surge, however, appears to be the result of the spread of the Delta variant of the virus, and not because people choose not to wear masks.
Health officials in Arkansas said that there were 1,369 new COVID-19 cases last Sunday, which raised the official number of recorded cases in the state to 23,921. There is a seven-day rolling average of 2,351 cases daily.
Hutchinson told CBS News’ “Face the Nation” that it was an error to sign the law, and that “facts change” forcing leaders to “adjust.”
He added that when he signed the law, the number of cases in his state was low, and that he and his administration were hoping that they had seen the back of the virus.
You can see him make the remarkable claim in the clip below.
“It was an error to sign that law,” Arkansas Gov. @AsaHutchinson says of his previous support for bill banning local mask mandates. “I realized that we needed to have more options for our local school districts to protect those children.” pic.twitter.com/NTM1GCl5NQ
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) August 8, 2021
The question is…what data is Hutchinson using to suggest that it was a bad idea to ban mask mandates, when the spread of the Delta variant is only occurring right now?
He indicated that there may be new measures passed in the future.
Let’s just hope he isn’t joining the Democrats on their campaign to initiate new lockdowns, mask mandates, and even vaccine mandates.