Tim Walz consistently emphasizes as fact that he’s following the science in fighting COVID-19. That isn’t the truth. It’s the opposite of the truth. Late last week, 5 Republicans sent Gov. Walz, the DFL governor of Minnesota, a letter calling for the reopening of gyms in Minnesota.

The 5 representatives sending this letter are Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, Pat Garofalo, Barb Haley, Dave Baker and Ann Neu Brindley. In the letter, the Republicans said “While we share a common goal of keeping Minnesotans safe and slowing the spread of the pandemic, the data simply does not support keeping these facilities closed. It is devastating to the business, their employees, and the health and wellness of Minnesotans who rely on their services.”

The data is that “According to statistics from the YMCA and Life Time, a mere .002% of visitors across 35 Minnesota YMCA locations have contracted the virus since June. Across 23 Minnesota Life Time locations, there have been just 352 cases out of 3.17 million visits, according to the letter. The national numbers match that, with the same rate of only .002% of all visitors contracting the virus from a gym.”

The scientific data doesn’t fit the DFL’s decision. In other words, the DFL’s decision is spin, not scientific. Let’s hope that these fitness centers sue Gov. Walz and the DFL to reopen. That’s what it will take to get them reopened because the DFL House has protected Gov. Walz. Here’s the statistical case against the closure:

This graphic shows that Gov. Walz’s order isn’t justified. The DFL House majority is complicit in Gov. Walz’s order. This paragraph summarizes things perfectly:

“Finally, health and wellness facilities should be considered some of our strongest allies in our fight against COVID-19,” the letter advises. “These facilities promote regular physical activity, which improves health, strengthens your immune system, and reduces the risk of many common diseases. It’s also a way for many to strengthen their mental health —another major challenge during these difficult times.”

Tim Walz and the DFL have killed lots of small businesses with their draconian shutdowns. Their insistence that they’re following the science is an outright lie. The Daudt letter proves that. Small businesses, gyms and restaurants across the state should vote to throw the anti-science DFL and the anti-science Gov. Walz out of office in 2022.

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