Former President Donald Trump warned on Wednesday that “left-wing lunatics” are trying to back Covid lockdowns to interfere with the 2024 presidential election.
In a video posted to X, Trump accused the left of wanting to restart COVID hysteria to justify lockdowns.
COVID Tyrants want to take away our Freedom.
Hear my words— WE WILL NOT COMPLY. pic.twitter.com/Kql1YaxuO0
— Team Trump (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TeamTrump) August 30, 2023
“The left-wing lunatics are trying very hard to bring back COVID lockdowns and mandates with all of their sudden fear-mongering about the new variants that are coming. Gee-whiz, you know what else is coming? An election,” Trump said. “They want to restart the COVID hysteria so they can justify more lockdowns, more censorship, more illegal drop boxes, more mail-in ballots, and trillions of dollars in payoffs to their political allies heading into the 2024 election. Does that sound familiar?”
Enough! Don’t let the libs bring back mask mandates & more insanity. While the media celebrates the lunacy, Americans are standing up pledging, NEVER AGAIN
Tell congress NO NEW COVID restrictions, & put an end to these tyrannical mandates BY SIGNING HERE!https://t.co/4Ka1yB6VxX
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) August 30, 2023
Trump, who blamed his 2020 election loss on massive mail-in ballots during the pandemic, described those who would see COVID mandates restored as “bad” and “sick” people.
“But to every COVID tyrant who wants to take away our freedom, hear these words: we will not comply. So don’t even think about it,” Trump added. “We will not shut down our schools. We will not accept your lockdowns. We will not abide by your mask mandates, and we will not tolerate your vaccine mandates.”
Trump, who previously claimed that the 2020 election was stolen from him due to widespread voter fraud, accused the left of wanting to bring back COVID mandates to rig the next election.
.@realbrandongill: Covid lockdown measures, like school closures, were an exercise of raw, coercive political power. But even taken at face value, school closures deliberately sacrificed children – the demographic the disease threatened the least – for the ostensible benefit of… pic.twitter.com/GtQeVUxRWu
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) August 30, 2023
Trump maintained that any attempt to bring back the COVID mandates in attempts to rig the election would fail. The 2024 Republican hopeful promised that he would defund any school, college, airline, or public transportation system that imposes a mask or vaccine mandate as president.
Trump’s warning comes amid the recent widespread COVID panic that has seen schools, companies and hospitals around the country resume mask mandates. The newly discovered EG.5 and BA 2.86 COVID-19 variants have largely driven the new COVID panic, with rising hospitalization. Those Hospitalizations are, however, still at a historic low.
President Joe Biden revealed last week that he plans to ask Congress for more money to develop a new vaccine. The president added that he intends to make the vaccine mandatory for everyone regardless of their vaccination status.