Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said on Wednesday, April 21, that the federal government’s vaccination messaging had become “fearmongering,” so the only way to get more people to take the COVID-19 vaccine is President Joe Biden should remove his mask and burn it on national television.

Speaking on Fox News, the Kentucky lawmaker criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci again over his science of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Paul explained to host Martha MacCallum that “Science is about proving things are happening,” and “If Dr. Fauci can prove that people who are vaccinated are spreading the disease, I will listen to him. If he can prove that people like me who have already had it are spreading the disease, I’ll listen to him. But there is no evidence of that.”

The Republican senator then gave some suggestions, saying, “If you want more people to get vaccinated, Joe Biden should go on national TV, take his mask off, and burn it. Light a torch to it, and burn his mask and say, ‘I’ve had the vaccine, I am now safe from this plague. If you get the vaccine, you can be safe too’.”

“The burden of proof should be on the government to prove that we’re spreading it and we will listen to them,” Paul concluded, “but instead it sounds sort of like fearmongering.”

Biden has told the American people earlier on the day that they would have to “to mask up until the number of cases goes down, until everyone has a chance to get their shot.” According to the Washington Examiner, Biden urges states and localities around the country to reinstate mask mandates.

This is not the first time Paul has charged federal authorities with disregarding facts while issuing instructions. Last week, he mocked Biden administration officials for urging states, including Michigan, to reinstate lockdowns.

“It doesn’t obey the science. There is no scientific evidence that the lockdowns in Michigan have done anything, or in California. In fact, the daily incidents of the disease in the last two months has been about almost one and a half times greater in California than it has been in Florida. The death rate is lower in Florida. So there is no real correlation between economic lockdowns, mask mandates, or any of this,” Paul, who is also a doctor, said on Fox Business on April 13.

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