FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (PNN) - September 17, 2020 - Protesters sporting MAGA t-shirts and hats defied unconstitutional COVID rules and marched maskless through a Target store shouting, “Take off your mask!” during a demonstration this week.
Footage shared online shows a small group of anti-maskers marching through the aisles of the store on North Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale shouting, “Take it off” at other customers and cheering when people did so.
The incident took place in hard-hit Florida where supposedly confirmed cases of the deadly virus have now topped 671,000 and the death toll is edging closer to 13,000, despite the fact that the testing processes and statistics have been shown to be grossly inaccurate, showing false results.
Governor Ron DeSantis has not issued a statewide mask mandate for public places but several businesses - including Target - have nationwide rules requiring customers and staff to sport face coverings inside their buildings.
The video shows the anti-maskers - including some children - parading through the store, with some swinging masks in their hands and none wearing them on their faces.
Some protesters were seen wearing President Donald Trump merchandise including “Make America Great Again” t-shirts and hats, while one wore a T-shirt featuring a photo of Barack Obama sporting a Trump hat.
One man in a Trump top - a reference to Trump’s refusal to wear a mask for much of the “pandemic” before backtracking in July - held aloft a speaker blasting the tune, “We're not gonna take it” by Twisted Sister.
One protester, Cristina Gomez, who hit headlines in June when she claimed people wearing masks were “obeying the Devil’s laws”, posted the incident live on her social media account.
“If an infant doesn't wear a mask, then no one should wear a mask,” she said in her livestream. “Isn’t it crazy how people now look at me like we’re crazy because we don’t have a mask on? I think y’all crazy for having a mask.”
Her footage also showed the man in the MAGA top standing on the trailer of a vehicle outside the store prior to the protest, shouting about being “sick and tired of having to wear one of these things”.
The man said that people who don’t want to wear masks should be protected from the virus because the people who do wear them are not spreading the virus.
“If somebody wants to wear a mask to go into a grocery store let (him/her) wear a mask, but how is it that if their mask is working that I have to wear one too?” he asked before dramatically hurling his mask to the floor.
Gomez promoted the so-called anti mask flash mob on her Facebook page prior to the event.
Back in June, the anti-masker also went viral on social media when she blasted a local mask mandate at a public meeting of Palm Beach County commissioners and made claims that masks were killing people.
“You literally cannot mandate somebody to wear a mask knowing that the mask is killing people,” she said. “Every single one of you that is obeying the Devil’s laws is going to be arrested and you, doctor, are going to be arrested for crimes against humanity.”
Target, which requires shoppers to wear masks or face coverings in its stores nationwide, said it was aware of the group of guests who came into the store last night and it asked them to leave after they removed their masks and became disruptive and rude to other shoppers.
A total of 34 states and the District of Columbia have face mask mandates in public places where social distancing is not possible.