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He wears his willful ignorance, inhumanity, and lack of empathy like it’s a badge of honor.

Governor Mike Parson (r) [2019 file photo].

Today:

American Bridge @American_Bridge
Wearing a mask is a simple act that could save lives. When asked why he didn’t wear a mask today,
@GovParsonMO said simply: “I choose not to.”
This isn’t leadership. #Missouri deserves better. #MOGov #COVID19
[….]
4:19 PM · May 4, 2020

The transcript:

Question: Hello, governor. Um, I know that you mentioned masks before.

Governor Mike Parson (r): Right.

Question: Um, and you went to the DAV in Joplin and there were a lot of veterans who were wearing masks.

Governor Mike Parson (r): Right.

Question: Um, why did you personally not wear a mask?

Governor Mike Parson (r): I choose not to.

Question: Um, when the public goes out of their houses because it’s Monday and the loosening of ordner, orders happened today, do you encourage the public to wear masks?

Governor Mike Parson (r): I think it’s up to the individuals. I, I don’t think that’ government’s role to mandate who wears a mask and who don’t. I think it works perfectly simple. The business owners there provided masks for the employees, they want ’em to wear ’em. That’s the way it should be. If you want to wear a mask and you go in a business, then wear a mask. Uh, but if you don’t, I don’t think it’s government’s place to regulate that. I think everybody, again, I’m gonna go back to what I’ve said all along. It’s your personal responsibility, just like you wearing a mask today, you want to wear one. You know, nobody required you to wear it or not wear one today. You want to do that. And I think every individual should have that freedom to do that. Again, common sense, self discipline, your choice.

Evidently he’s never encountered the concept of asymptomatic viral transmission. You know, like at a meat packing plant and in the surrounding community.

“…just like you wearing a mask today, you want to wear one…”

Because she’s not stupid. Nor is she a sociopath.

“…Again, common sense, self discipline, your choice…”

He can’t be that fucking stupid, can he? In the same breath he states that wearing a mask takes common sense and discipline. He’s arguing that he lacks both.

Governor Mike Parson (r) [2018 file photo].

Don’t be like Mike Parson (r).

Wear a mask, save lives.

Stay Home. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Good luck to us all.
#FlattenTheCurve

Previously:

We don’t have a prayer (May 2, 2020)

Uh, no (May 2, 2020)

Your mileage will vary in Missouri (May 3, 2020)

Gov. Mike Parson (r): not exactly the brightest bulb in the chandelier (May 4, 2020)