“I will not allow the mainstream media to filter my message. I will communicate directly to the people through social media – That’s how you can follow my campaign.”
– DAN FOREST
Fake News Reports:
Liberal television station WRAL purposefully stripped this quote from its context, so it could be used in attack ads against Dan Forest.
A reporter asked Dan Forest about why people weren’t wearing masks. This was his response:
“Well I think that you know what’s happened with masks is the same thing that’s happened with everything else, is we started out with even Fauci saying… the masks don’t do anything… There have been multiple, comprehensive studies at the deepest level, held to scientific standards, under controlled circumstances and controlled environments, that have all said, for decades, masks do not work… with viruses. That’s why we’ve never used a mask for a Coronavirus ever before. Ever.”
As you can clearly see (and hear in the audio) Dan was discussing the shifting narrative around the use of masks, and referring to the considerable body of research prior to June where scientists determined masks were largely ineffective outside clinical settings. WRAL purposefully stripped this quote from its context, so it could be used in attack ads.
Masks are made available at all of our events. Every attendee is free to make their own decision and we abide by all venue regulations. No one attending a Dan Forest campaign event or fundraiser is ever discouraged from wearing a mask.
Don’t take our word for it:
Here are a handful of the studies Dan was referring to, released prior to the WHO changing its long-standing guidance in mid-June:
This study from the New England Journal of Medicine: “We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection.”
This study from the NIH which shows that “the use of masks and personal protective equipment may not be appropriate for non-clinical areas,” citing numerous unambiguous studies over the years with widely disparate findings on masks’ effectiveness in combating viruses.
Watch this interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci on 60 Minutes in which Dr. Fauci states “Right now in the United States people should not be walking around with masks.”