Dangerous Delusion: Speaking at a rally outside the San Antonio City Hall, Bexar County Republican Chair Cynthia Brehm made the outrageous claim that the coronavirus pandemic is a Democratic hoax.
A viral video from Texas shows a Republican Party leader speaking at local rally calling the coronavirus panic a hoax being perpetrated by Democrats with the goal of hurting Donald Trump, then encouraging people to take off their face masks.
The video showed Bexar County Republican Chairwoman Cynthia Brehm speaking at a political protest against continued restrictions meant to slow the spread of the virus. Brehm said that a requirement to wear face coverings is a violation of people’s constitutional rights and hinted that the coronavirus panic is being manufactured by Democrats in order to hurt Trump.
Brehm, speaking at Friday’s rally, declared:
They asked us to wear masks, and according to Attorney GeneralPaxton, this is unconstitutional. So if we don’t want to wear masks, this is our choice.
This is America, and we shouldn’t have to be forced or mandated to wear a mask.
Why is this happening today? And I’ll tell you why: all of this has been promulgated by the Democrats to undo all the good President Trump has done for our country — and they are worried. So, take off your masks, exercise your constitutional rights. Stand up, speak up and vote Republican.
Absolutely bizarre. The Bexar County GOP chair concludes this rally by stating that the coronavirus is a hoax perpetuated by Democrats, tells people to take off their masks, and then everyone hugs each other. pic.twitter.com/1XOFeswMiO
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) May 22, 2020
In short, Brehm contends that being asked to wear a mask to protect others is unconstitutional, and that the coronavirus pandemic that has taken almost 100,000 American lives and over 340,000 lives around the globe is actually a Democratic hoax perpetrated to make Donald Trump look bad.
The stupid, it burns.
Adding insult to injury, after Brehm made her wild remarks, those Republicans attending the rally began to shake-hands and hug each other, deliberately violating the social distancing guidelines and potentially placing everyone they come into contact with at risk.
As one might imagine, the delusional GOP chair was condemned on social media for her reckless behavior. The following is a sample of that reaction via Twitter:
In Texas, one GOP local leader calls the coronavirus a hoax by the Democrats to undo all the good done by Trump. And encourages everyone to take off their masks Sounds exactly like Trump, almost verbatim, from Feb 28 rally. pic.twitter.com/EoslUZu0sR— Amy Siskind �️� (@Amy_Siskind) May 23, 2020
We lost some good friends to this virus. Damn good people with beautiful families and kids right here in Bexar county. This is a disgusting embarrassment. https://t.co/cmt8n1HlFx
— Alejandro Barragán (@alejobarragan9) May 23, 2020
Bexar County, Texas, GOP Republican Party chair Cynthia Brehm says the #coronavirus is a HOAX perpetuated by Democrats. Tell her what you think. #COVID19 #BexarCounty #Texas pic.twitter.com/Cggwgy2YMo
— Nancy Levine � (@nancylevine) May 23, 2020
Local government officials like, Bexar County Republican Chair Cynthia Brehm, should be held accountable for all Covid-19 deaths from the date of her ridiculous claims. To date, 2,392 cases and 66 deaths from Covid-19 in Bexar County, TX. Today 53,584 cases, 1,470 deaths in Texas
— J (@ViveYDejaVivirJ) May 23, 2020
Her name is Cynthia Brehm and she should be prosecuted for reckless endangerment. @CynthiaBrehmTx
— Phil Goldstein (@pgold1230) May 23, 2020
Bottom line: Bexar County Republican Chair Cynthia Brehm claims that the coronavirus is a Democratic hoax perpetrated to make Donald Trump look bad.