GOP Guv. Slams Other Republicans For Refusing To Wear Masks: ‘Don’t Act Like A Bunch Of Children’

New Hampshire Gov. Christopher Sununu (R) delivers remarks on September 2, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images for DraftKings)
December 11, 2020 8:53 a.m.
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New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) on Thursday blasted his fellow Republicans over their refusal to wear masks after New Hampshire state Rep. Dick Hinch (R) died from COVID-19.

During a press briefing, Sununu said Hinch’s death was a “cautionary tale” after the lawmaker attended an event with his GOP colleagues where they didn’t wear masks.

The governor emphasized the importance of facial coverings in preventing the spread of the virus.

“For those who are just out there doing the opposite just to make some ridiculous political point, it is horribly wrong,” Sununu said. “Please use your heads. Don’t act like a bunch of children, frankly.”

71-year-old Hinch died on December 9, one week after he was sworn in as New Hampshire House speaker. He had attended an indoor meeting with his fellow Republican lawmakers, all of whom declined to wear masks, approximately three weeks prior to his death. Four of those lawmakers became infected with COVID-19, though it is unclear if Hinch had contracted the virus from the event.

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