The Broken Politics of Tom McClintock

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We choose politicians to represent us in Washington, D.C., and in years past, we could look to our chosen representatives to model the behavior that would most benefit our society. No more – at least not for the politician currently representing California’s 4th District. Despite his recent call for Americans to “follow the science,” Tom McClintock thumbs his nose at the science that gives us the easiest path to stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Tom McClintock told his constituents last month that he doesn’t wear a mask to stop the spread of COVID-19. He said he’s being careful, and that’s enough. He’s part of a movement on the right that has, inexplicably and destructively, rejected masks. They’ve decided that masks are a political statement, and that’s more important than doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask. They laugh at us, and sometimes attack us (verbally or physically) for choosing to be part of the solution, instead of part of the problem.

We’ve learned a lot about COVID-19 over the last few months, and we now know that the CDC grievously erred when its initial guidance downplayed the importance of wearing masks. The evidence points to airborne transmission as dominant in spreading the virus. Thus, as this Reuters article explains, “[p]opulation-wide face mask use could push COVID-19 transmission down to controllable levels for national epidemics, and could prevent further waves of the pandemic disease when combined with lockdowns.” In country after country, masks are making an enormous difference. And countries like Slovakia are succeeding in part because their leaders model the behavior that leads to their success. This makes sense. As this study shows, “leaders strongly shape their followers’ initial beliefs and contributions.” Brynne Kennedy knows this. She’s modeling the behavior we need and should expect from our leaders. But Tom McClintock, like the president he serves and too many politicians on the right, thumbs his nose at the science. He’s continuing down the path of defiance against this simple safety measure – a path that has led and will continue to lead to tens of thousands of preventable deaths, countless permanent injuries, and untold pain and grief.

California’s 4th District deserves better. We deserve a representative who sees our challenges with clear eyes and takes meaningful action to fix them. We deserve a representative who truly cares about what happens in this District. We deserve a representative who will fight for us.

Join us, as we fight to send Tom McClintock back to his own District, and to finally stop him from selling us out, one vote at a time. To learn more about the alternative, visit https://brynneforcongress.com/.

Because we know, as Margaret Mead said, that “a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

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