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SC senator: If I can wear ‘aggravating’ mask, you can, too

State Sen. Harvey Peeler told his "fellow freedom lovers" that if he could wear an "aggravating" mask, then they can, too.
State Sen. Harvey Peeler told his "fellow freedom lovers" that if he could wear an "aggravating" mask, then they can, too.(WRDW)
Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 12:10 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WRDW/WAGT) - South Carolina Sen. Harvey Peeler has one message for his fellow “freedom lovers” as he put it.

“If I can wear one of these uncomfortable aggravations,” Peeler said, holding up a medical mask, “I know you can, too.”

Peeler appeared alongside South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and other state leaders on Wednesday. The topic was pushing school districts to allow for face-to-face or virtual learning.

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Peeler, president of the state Senate, briefly spoke of the need for education. But then he pivoted to the controversial topic of masks -- a topic that has turned into heated political rhetoric for many Americans.

Peeler had some advice for people who have gotten loud and angry over the discussion about masks.

“We’re on uncertain times. I’ve never heard of times like these, so I ask you to turn down the volume so we can listen to that still, small voice,” Peeler said.

McMaster has not issued a statewide mandate to push state residents to wear masks because any mandate from his office would be “unenforceable.” Instead, McMaster has asked local governments to come up with mask orders.

Columbia and Aiken are just two of many cities to take up mask orders to halt the spread of COVID-19.

As of last check, over 60,000 state residents have contracted coronavirus and over 900 residents have died from it.

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