Idaho Lt. Gov. Hoists Gun And Bible In COVID-Denying Pro-“Freedom” Video

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Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin (R) is featured in a video denouncing the state's minimal coronavirus orders.

Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin (R) appeared in a video posted to Facebook this week denouncing the state’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 and supporting an effort that demands “an end to the emergency orders issued by state and local government officials.”

  • In the video, McGeachin holds up a Bible and a gun as she quotes the state constitution, saying:
  • We recognize that all of us are “by nature free and equal, and have certain inalienable rights, among which are enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, pursuing happiness and securing safety.”

  • The Spokesman-Review noted that the video featured a slew of Idaho Republicans, including: “state representatives Tammy Nichols, R-Middleton; Dorothy Moon, R-Stanley; Bryan Zollinger, R-Idaho Falls; Christy Zito, R-Hammett; Chad Christensen, R-Ammon; Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird; Tony Wisniewski, R-Post Falls and Heather Scott, R-Blanchard; as well as Ron Nate, R-Rexburg, and Karey Hanks, R-St. Anthony.”
  • The video links to a declaration published on Idaho Freedom Foundation’s website earlier this month and asks Idahoans to sign on to the document.
  • Meanwhile, Gov. Brad Little (R), with whom McGeachin has sparred over the state’s coronavirus response, has done the bare minimum in addressing the pandemic. Idaho has no mask mandate, though some counties and cities have imposed them, and the most stringent rules primarily affect gatherings of more than 50 people.

Businesses remain open, including bars and restaurants, in-person church services may continue and travel is not restricted. All school decisions are still made at the local level.

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