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‘No constitutional right to walk around without a mask’

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan scolded residents of his state who choose not to wear a face mask, telling them there is “no constitutional right to walk around without a mask.”

“It’s sort of like saying, ‘I have a constitutional right to drive drunk. I have a constitutional right to not wear a seat belt or to yell fire in a crowded movie theater, or to not follow the speed limit,'” Hogan said during a press conference Monday. “There is no constitutional right to walk around without a mask.”

Hogan was widely criticized on social media for comparing mask-wearing to drunk driving.

“No, it’s nothing at all like these things,” conservative commentator Dana Loesch tweeted.

“What a moron,” Federalist co-founder Sean Davis tweeted.

“It’s government’s burden to show that a specific driver is drunk in a specific instance of driving,” Trump legal adviser Jenna Ellis tweeted. “Just because SOME drivers are drunk doesn’t mean government can force ALL DRIVERS to stop driving until all accidents are prevented. This is so dangerously stupid.”

Hogan’s office issued a statewide order in late July mandating that “all Marylanders over the age of five are required to wear face coverings in the public spaces of all businesses across the state.”

Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have recommended wearing a mask, and many health experts across the country have cited observational studies that suggest wearing a mask is effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19.

The first and only randomized control trial studying the effectiveness of masks in combating the spread of the coronavirus was released last week. The trial showed wearing a mask “did not reduce” coronavirus infections with “statistical significance.”

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