COLUMBIA, SC — Thanks to Governor McMaster’s careless and ineffective leadership, South Carolina is now ranked second in the nation for COVID-19 cases in children. Instead of implementing policies that would keep children safe and healthy in school, Henry and the Republicans in the state legislature have banned school boards from requiring masks in the districts these officials were elected to serve. South Carolina Republicans are playing politics with kids’ lives and now our state leads the nation for COVID cases in children.
“Henry McMaster vowed to fight public health measures implemented by the Biden Administration ‘to the gates of hell,’ and look where that has gotten us,” said SCDP Chair Trav Robertson, Jr. “South Carolina ranks in the top 10 states with the most cases per 100,000 residents, second for COVID-19 cases in children, and in the bottom 11 for vaccination rates by state. Henry has shown everyone that he cares more about appealing to individuals who vote in Republican primaries than protecting our children’s lives. Henry repeatedly places the interests of his political base ahead of the lives of children in South Carolina.”