The Lieutenant Governor of Idaho was filmed driving with a gun and a bible in her truck as part of a video in which state lawmakers question the existence of coronavirus and pledge to ignore any restrictions to slow down the spread of the worsening pandemic, Newsweek reported.
GOP Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin joined several state officials to promote a “declaration” against coronavirus measures that were published on the Idaho Freedom Foundation (IFF) website on October 1.
In the 2-minute video shared on YouTube earlier this week, Republican lawmakers all take turns to read lines from the declaration.
During McGeachin’s segment, she can be seen sitting in her truck smiling and holding a bible, before she takes out a handgun and places it on the book.
As she does this, she reads out a line from the declaration that quotes from the state constitution, saying: “We recognize that all of us “by nature are free and equal and have certain inalienable rights among which are enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and pursuing happiness and protecting safety.”
The declaration claims the emergency orders are infringing on the rights of Idahoans and also appears to question whether “a pandemic may or may not be occurring.”
McGeachin has been a vocal critic of GOP Gov. Brad Little’s COVID orders, attending several rallies to protest against the restrictions during the pandemic, according to The Idaho Statesman.
The video comes as Idaho has seen record-breaking numbers of new daily cases in October, bringing the total to 62,746, according to state government figures. October 16 saw the highest number of confirmed new cases at 1,092, while the latest figures on October 29 show an increase of 961 cases.