Tomi Lahren Urges Her Followers to “Free the Face” in Latest Melodramatic Anti-Mask Tirade

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Fox News personality Tomi Lahren has spent much of the pandemic decrying the need to wear masks and practice social distancing, likening such actions to those of a draconian state. Her latest remarks, urging her followers to “free the face,” are a further indication of how much wearing masks has turned into a flashpoint in the culture wars.

“We will no longer be listening to you,” said Lahren of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top expert on infectious diseases. “In fact, some of us never have!! Free the face!!”

Lahren’s remarks were in response to comments Fauci made last night on “Meet the Press,” during which he observed that some people may decide to wear face masks during certain seasons to help avoid spreading other respiratory illnesses like the flu.

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“We’ve had practically a nonexistent flu season this year merely because people were doing the kinds of public health things that were directed predominantly against covid-19,” Fauci said.

Fauci’s comments did not, as a New York Post headline Lahren shared appeared to imply, that face masks would become mandatory during certain seasons such as the wintertime when flu viruses are at their peak.

Lahren was immediately criticized.

Shortly afterward, Lahren repeated a baseless conspiracy theory that “coronavirus was exploited and weaponized by the Democrats to push a control agenda.”