Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said in a statement to reporters that Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) Was a "maniac" for refusing to wear a mask to protect others from Covid-19.
When asked about colleagues who don't wear masks, Brown told the Cincinnati Enquirer: "It's not one of them who's an M.D., but he's kind of a lunatic," a reference to Paul. "He thinks he wants to be different, but it's not in the public interest."
Paul, a graduate of Duke University of Medicine and a former ophthalmologist, soon made a statement.
"Vaccine refusers who deny immunity after a natural infection and after a vaccination should refrain from naming them and perhaps try to find out more." Said Paul.
Paul has said that the American public shouldn't assume that experts know best how to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
"It is a fatal illusion to believe that an individual or a small group of people has the knowledge to run an economy or dictate public health behavior," Paul said during a hearing in July 2020 Participation of the directors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases. “I think government health professionals need to be careful with their predictions during this pandemic. It is important to know that if society meekly submits to an expert, and that expert is mistaken, much harm can be done. "
In September 2020, Paul openly mocked Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert on herd immunity.
"It is important that we, the humans, not simply agree to authoritarian mandates for our behavior without the nanny state first having to prove their hypothesis," Paul said at the time. "What we do know is that New York and New Jersey and Connecticut and Rhode Island still had the highest death rates in the world."
"You misunderstood this Senator, and you've done it repeatedly in the past. You've been hit very hard and made some mistakes." New Yorkers are now looking at the guidelines developed by the White House Coronavirus Task Force to stop the spread.
Fauci knocked back Paul's further claim that New Yorkers had developed herd immunity to the coronavirus.
"I challenge that, Senator," he said. "You're not listening to what the director of the CDC said that in New York (the infection rate is around 22 percent). If you believe 22 percent is herd immunity, you are alone. "
Alan is a New York based writer, editor, and news junkie.