- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 19, 2020

Sen. Rand Paul on Thursday slammed the governors across the country reinstating lockdowns amid a widespread increase in coronavirus cases, saying the restrictions are “completely arbitrary” and the politicians enforcing them are “drunk with power.”

Appearing on Fox Business Thursday, the Kentucky Republican took aim at the governor of his own state, Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear, who announced Wednesday he was closing all public and private schools and reinstating a ban on indoor dining.

“Let’s hope, in this case, the courts will intervene,” Mr. Paul said. “I’ve been calling my governor for months DWP, Drunk With Power, because he’s taken this power without any consent from the legislature.”

“They’re completely arbitrary,” he said of the lockdowns. “They’re not based on any kind of science. There is really very little objective science to prove that any of this works.

“In fact, the data study on masks shows that objectively, guess what, the cloth masks don’t work,” he added. “They’re theater. If you look at the cloth masks, 97% of virus-size particles go through cloth masks. So we’re kidding ourselves, and what it’s doing is it’s detracting from the one thing that could save us and could really help us and that’s the vaccine.”

Mr. Paul, who in March disclosed that he had contracted the virus, said he’s confident in a forthcoming vaccine and wants as many people to take it as possible as long as it remains voluntary.

“I’ve been a big proponent of releasing it early,” he said. “I think that we’ve had enough safety and effectiveness data. What they should do is, if they want to continue the trials, instead of 40,000 people, why don’t we make them 4 million, so at least another 3.5 million could be enrolled in the trials.”

“I see no reason why you can’t letting people voluntarily, people who want to take it, and I think there’s millions who want to take it — let them get started and that way we can head towards immunity, combining natural immunity and vaccinated immunity, to get to what we want to much quicker,” he said.

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