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Analysis: This Republican governor's explanation for why he won't issue a mask mandate is, uh, something else

November 19, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2020 file photo, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts speaks during a news conference in Lincoln, Neb. Gov. Ricketts and other state officials unveiled the state's plan to distribute a coronavirus vaccination on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, at the Capitol in Lincoln, Nebraska.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik File)

As Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths surge across the Midwest and Plains, many Republican governors who had previously opposed a statewide mask mandate have reversed course as they seek to mitigate the rapid spread of the virus.

Ricketts' argument appears to be that mandating mask-wearing would mean that people wouldn't comply.

("They create resistance. ") But the whole reason we are in this mess of a third surge of the virus is BECAUSE people don't wear masks when they should.

So is Ricketts arguing that if he issues a mask mandate even more people would not wear masks?

Since, after all, if you were already wearing a mask when appropriate, it seems weird that you would suddenly stop doing it because Ricketts issues a mask mandate?

(That fact is at least partly attributable to President Donald Trump turning mask-wearing into a political issue rather than solely a public health necessity. ) The idea that more people would not wear a mask if Ricketts (or any other governor) said they had to is simply not borne out by facts (or logic. )

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