Carrie Underwood is stuck in the middle of an internet controversy after she liked a tweet of a conservative commentator ranting against mask mandates.

On August 12, The Daily Wire columnist Matt Walsh posted a video on Twitter of a Nashville School Board meeting where he voiced his opinions about requiring children to wear masks to school. He claimed that educational authorities had no basis for such a mandate and cited his own “facts.”

Walsh proceeded to claim that COVID-19 was almost never dangerous to children, quoting the percentage of adolescents that have died from, not contracted, the illness. He said that more school kids die during an average flu season than they did throughout the entirety of the pandemic. Walsh denied the reasoning that such requirements would diminish the overall nationwide transmission rate, likening masks to “muzzles” on “rabid dogs.”

The political commentator said the mask mandate was “child abuse” inspired by politics.

Underwood’s decision to like Walsh’s tweet meant that each of her eight million followers saw the video in their personal Twitter feeds. The clip now has over 1.4 million views, 16,000 retweets and 52,000 likes.

The country singer and her husband, who normally abstain from sharing political opinions, have caught the attention of fans and news outlets alike with their apparent criticism of school mask mandates. Underwood’s Instagram account also liked a post from Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee about an executive order to let parents choose whether their child will wear a mask to school.

The couple has two children together, ages six and two years old.


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