Republicans wonder if ‘political science’ behind easing of COVID restrictions after Biden takes office

Republicans are questioning the timing of Democratic governors and mayors easing their coronavirus restrictions.

While these state and local officials point to data and pre-set benchmarks to justify their reopening decisions, critics of the lockdowns that have hurt businesses over the past year suspect former President Donald Trump leaving office has something to do with it.

With conservative pundits such as Fox News host Tucker Carlson starting to pick up on this correlation, the Washington Examiner reached out to Republican lawmakers asking for their perspective. Four who responded largely agree that the timing suggests politics are at play, even as they applauded the reopenings.

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