GOP Governor Says He Wishs He Didn’t Approve Mask Mandate Ban

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Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson says he regrets signing a ban on mask mandates into law as his state experiences a surge in cases caused by the quickly spreading delta variant.

In April the Republican governor approved the ban on state and local mask requirements. However, the law doesn’t prohibit businesses from requiring masks and the law doesn’t apply to multiple industries like healthcare facilities and some others.

According to The Washington Examiner:

When asked by a reporter this week whether or not he regretted his decision to sign the legislation, Hutchinson conceded that he thought it wasn’t a good idea.

“I signed it for those reasons that our cases were at a low point,” he said. “Everything has changed now, and yes, in hindsight, I wish that had not become law, but it is the law, and the only chance we have is either to amend it or for the courts to say that it has an unconstitutional foundation.”

Last Thursday, Hutchinson reimposed a state public health emergency and convened a special session to amend the mask mandate prohibition in a bid to allow more flexibility in public schools. The governor cited a lack of Food and Drug Administration approval for vaccine use on children under the age of 12.

Over the last 14 days, Arkansas has seen a 69% rise in cases, a 52% jump in hospitalizations, and a 246% uptick in deaths. The state has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, as 39% of residents are fully vaccinated, while 47% have received at least one dose.

Over concerns for the recent uptick in Coronavirus cases, some cities such as Washington, D.C. have begun implementing mask mandates.



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Lawrence Hurd
Lawrence Hurd
3 months ago

What an A hole this fool is

Suzy
Suzy
3 months ago
Reply to  Lawrence Hurd

Unfortunately this RINO is my governor..no DiSantas, Norem or Abbott, that’s for sure…still waiting for evidence a mask stops a virus coming in or going out. Arkansas people aren’t sheeple/lemmings like the rest of the country..lots of common sense and suspicion about FORCED vaccines. (for a flu!!!!)

Stephen
3 months ago
Reply to  Suzy

My Governor as well. He’s always been a fence straddler with his balls hung on the barb wire. Basically he’s a jerk.

Spurn
Spurn
3 months ago

Mask don’t work anyways more harm than good breathing in carnondioxide is not good for health.l let alone fibers from the mask into the lungs
Scientific studies show they don’t work just more nonsense from control freaks.

Calvin Klein
Calvin Klein
3 months ago

Wait. Doesn’t this article and statistics support Hutchinson’s delicious?!?

Calvin Klein
Calvin Klein
3 months ago
Reply to  Calvin Klein

*decision

Richard
Richard
3 months ago
Reply to  Calvin Klein

Thank PUBLIC SCHOOLS and NEA,AFT.

Larry Nichols
Larry Nichols
3 months ago

He is what gives the Republicans a bad name

BCH
BCH
3 months ago
Reply to  Larry Nichols

Oh, I think Republican’s can do that all on their own 😤

Alan
Alan
3 months ago

Whatever the governor might say or sign, the individual is not blocked from availing themselves of available inoculations.

cashgirl
3 months ago
Reply to  Alan

Nor blocked from wearing a mask should they choose to do so! I’m done with this “panicdemic” flu! If people are scared let them stay home and lock down and wear four masks if they want to. I choose not to!! 🙁

Nine Island Girl
Nine Island Girl
3 months ago

This was exactly why Sarah H Sanders is going to beat his RINO arse. Go Sarah go!

Suzy
Suzy
3 months ago

Thankfully, he is term limited and will be gone regardless.

Sage
Sage
3 months ago

Masks are worthless. Hutchinson is part of the establishment or the deep state. What good does it do to mandate things people are simply not going to do? What good does it do do mandate healthcare workers to get vaccinated when their is already a nationwide shortage of medical personnel. Are you going to fire them? This is insane! How did the masking requirement work during the height of the pandemic? Not well at all is the answer.

cashgirl
3 months ago
Reply to  Sage

That’s what I say, Sage! If masks were so effective, why are we still being told to wear them after 1 1/2 years of wearing them? H-m-m-m-m…

Patricia
3 months ago

Enough of this hoax! The Delta Varient is curable with the same meds as covid! This is just another dirty democrat scheme to try to enslave us! Hopefully smart and informed people will see through this and stand up against them and their tyranny! They don’t abide by these restrictions because they think they’re superior to us! Well we are the majority and it’s time to use our power of freedom against these scums!

cris
cris
3 months ago
Reply to  Patricia

absolutely correct Patricia

cashgirl
3 months ago
Reply to  Patricia

I knew it was a hoax from the start, Patricia! Mr. Falsey flip-flopped every other day about what would work and what we had to do. No science, only guesswork depending on what the insidious, control-hungry Democrats wanted him to do. And here we are! 🙁

Nikita63
3 months ago

Anything at any time FORCED on American citizens who for good personal reasons either invloving expression of religious or health related cares will NOT choose to take the mandates doses of vaccinations is illegal and unconstitutional by any Constitutional standard and this Vietnam 100% disabled by Dioxin Veteran of the 1968 Tet Offensive has had a degree in Government for 54 years. Government cares not about you and considers us all exploitable and expendable and their self-aggrandizing acts to accrue personal wealth and political ambition PROVES THE CONTENTION! Hasve any of you in any state, ever seen a politician who was poor or even Middle Class and not filthy rich by your standards? Why do you suppise that IS? How about Insider Sock Market Trading or other acts which for you or me are criminal acts but things for which THEY are never held either responsible or accountable!

NancyJ
NancyJ
3 months ago

First question…how many criminal,illegals have come into Arkansas? That may be the increase in illness. I know that we are being illegally inundated in my state. At our expense of course!

Suzy
Suzy
3 months ago
Reply to  NancyJ

Tyson is in AR..owns the state, lots of confinement turkey/chicken farms…guess who works at these places? You are right about possible “spike”..however, I question the definition of “case”..true cause of death attributed to the China Flu…and the actual “test” to determine if you are a “case”…all questionable words with questionable definitions.

tracker1
tracker1
3 months ago
Reply to  Suzy

Except, they HAVE no definitive test for the delta variant

Nancy Stefanski
Nancy Stefanski
3 months ago

I heard it argued that the Delta is a response to the “vaccinations”. Apparently the bodies of the vaccinated are overreacting now to any old, garden-variety COVID strain, of which there are many! STILL very survivable, but it sells the Left’s narrative.

tracker1
tracker1
3 months ago

It’s been nearly a year since it was revealed that the vaccines reduce the number of antibodies our bodies produce

MD Anthony
MD Anthony
3 months ago

Go Sarah Go …Hutchinson is another leftist pretending to be Conservative. When common sense is called for he brings nothing to the table

John
John
3 months ago

How many of these cases are serious enough to be causing deaths? How many deaths have happened in these cases? Is the survivability rates still above 98%? All that is being reported are new cases, how many actual deaths have occurred? The left wing media and this administration have an agenda. Putting out these numbers without context is like providing misinformation and a scare tactic Require the total death count in comparison for context. If we are always told that another this or that is happening, we will never get our freedoms back. 

True American
True American
3 months ago

Well the D is used what will the next variant be called ? EFFIE ? The next will be the F word?

tracker1
tracker1
3 months ago
Reply to  True American

They’re already talking about the Lamda version; claiming it’s immune to the vaccines

tzwksq
tzwksq
3 months ago

PROTECT THE OLD AND VULNERABLE… AND LEAVE THE REST OF US ALONE! Cause last time I checked, this is still a free country.

tzwksq
tzwksq
3 months ago

Asa, My doctor has a message for you… GET OUT OF MY WAY!!!!

bonavajo
bonavajo
3 months ago

He is just another SFB Gov who happens to be a repub. He is SCARED TO DEATH about covid. I would ask him to start finding out what is happening to people’s blood. They forget these are EXPERIMENTAL VACCINES whose long term effects are unknown. They need to start doing blood smears of people’s blood before being jabbed and 4 to 7 days afterwards. They might find out something that will scare them worst than covid. They also need to remember that hydroxychloroquine is a proven safe and effective treatment against covid. Just ask President Trump and thousands of others who were saved by it, Dr’s need to start prescribing it at the first onset of covid. Almost all recover within a week. Only the very sick with multiple preexisting conditions may not recover. Like they say “take charge” of your own body and health demand treatment by hydroxychloroquine if you get covid do not get the jab or you will be sorry yrs later. Hutch will not be reelected because of this.

BCH
BCH
3 months ago

Just like a RINO ….screw us on their way out 😡😡😡😡

Richard
3 months ago

We as individuals have to take responsibility for our own decisions, no one is going to tell me what I should or shouldn’t do. That’s called freedom.

Jawad
Jawad
3 months ago

One question: are we hearing the whole story? Cases may be escalating, however are DEATHS escalating? I wonder and actually I don’t think so. Viruses characteristically mutate to become less lethal. This is because the lethal virus basically commits suicide by killing its host. Natural selection: this scenario will not end well for the virus.

Terry
3 months ago

Has anyone noticed that States that have passed mask bans SUDDENLY have VAST increases in the delta variant of COVID? Just as Covid somehow didn’t affect the antifa/BLM protestors but did church goers, etc. This is why many American Citizens don’t trust or believe the CDC, PRAVDA(MSM), or the government.

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