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Actor Matthew McConaughey speaks out against mask hesitancy while discussing potential run for office in Texas

Matthew McConaughey spoke out against mask hesitancy during an interview about a potential run for office in Texas.

The Oscar-winning actor has been teasing for months now that he is considering running for governor against incumbent candidate Gov. Greg Abbott in Texas. During a recent appearance on “The Carlos Watson Show,” the actor was asked directly how he would handle political divides were he to be in a position of power someday. “I think the best example, for my mind, this last year is the damn dispute over the masks that got politicized,” the actor explained. “I’m going, ‘come on man. I’m not believing you’re really scared of this little cotton thing. I’m not believing you really feel that takes away your identity and your freedom.’ This is a short-term inconvenience for long-term freedom.”

McConaughey added that he believes that the masks are a small price to pay for Americans to protect and respect their fellow person and that he was disappointed to see how many people wouldn’t put their money where their mouth is in terms of protecting others. “There’s no data that says it’s not a good thing,” he said of mask-wearing. “There’s no data that says it’s harmful. Let’s all take one for the team here. We like to say we wanna take one for the team. We want to say ‘oh, the value of a human life is the epitome…’ no it’s not. We won’t admit it.” This isn’t the first time that the actor has spoken out about mask hesitancy. In March, he explained that he was “dumbfounded” by Gov. Abbott’s decision to fully reopen the state against CDC guidelines at the time [FOX].

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: FOX NEWS

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