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Fox News' Laura Ingraham claims Democrats will make Americans wear masks 'forever'

Laura Ingraham is pushing some patently false claims about what America might look like under Democratic leadership.

On Tuesday night, the Fox News host welcomed lawyer and Republican operative Harmeet Dhillon to her show to condemn Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) for ordering people to wear masks in public statewide. Dhillon falsely suggested "the masks don't work" or at least that no one can "prove they work," and then said that could provide a legal pathway to overriding Northam's order. Ingraham chimed in to claim if masks are "for safety," then "this is not a temporary thing," and then suggested if Democrats "get real power," they'll enact rules that mandate wearing masks in public "forever."

Ingraham's claim is clearly untrue, seeing as most U.S. localities, including many run by Democrats, haven't mandated people wear masks when in public. It's only the opinion of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hundreds of health experts, and Ingraham's colleague Sean Hannity that they should do so.