We got another mask-denier making a statement.
Brandon Straka, a conservative activist and a Trump supporter with a big social-media following, was removed from an America Airlines flight this week after he refused to wear a mask.
Here he is explaining his “absolutely insane” version of the story:
American Airlines AAL, -2.15% , which reiterated its policy on Monday that all passengers need to wear a face mask when on board one of their flights, confirmed the incident.
“After he refused to comply with the instructions provided by the flight crew, our team members asked him to deplane,” the airlines said in a statement. “He deplaned and the flight departed the gate four minutes late at 12:34 p.m. Easter Time.”
The law does not mandate wearing masks, but airlines have instituted their own mask requirements for crew and passengers, and American Airlines, as well as several other carriers, have pledged to take a harder line on enforcing their policies, CNN reported.
Straka, who describes himself as “former liberal… on a mission to #RedPill humanity” and has appeared on Fox News, was rebooked on a later flight after he agreed to comply.
The story, of course, blew up on social media, with Straka addressing many of his critics:
Originally published on MarketWatch