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Low Turnout For COVID-19 Skeptic Rally Headlined By Idaho Lieutenant Governor

A rally against pandemic restrictions featuring Idaho’s lieutenant governor drew a sparse crowd of COVID-19 skeptics this weekend in Twin Falls.

 

The event was called Freedom Is The Cure. Of course, there is no cure or vaccine yet for COVID-19. And medical experts agree face masks are a much more effective defense against spreading the virus.

The rally was organized by The John Birch Society, a conspiracy-minded right wing group. There, Idaho Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin continued her open rebellion against Governor Brad Little’s COVID-19 strategy.

 

She criticized Little’s decision early in the pandemic to temporarily close churches to slow the spread of the virus.

 

“Our governor, our attorney general and our Supreme Court, they all have that one wrong,” she told the crowd.

 

Polls have consistently shown Idahoans and Americans overwhelmingly back measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, which could explain the event’s low turnout.

 

Those who did attend the rally took almost no precautions. Almost no one wore masks and many greeted each other with hugs and handshakes, including McGeachin and several other elected officials.

 

Follow Heath Druzin on Twitter @HDruzin for more local news.

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