After U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle issued a decision on Monday that slapped down a federal mandate that required people to wear face masks on public transportation, Roland Martin posted a photo of himself "double masked" for a flight on Tuesday.
"I don’t give a damn what some grossly unqualified Donald Trump judge said, I’m double masked and wearing goggles on this Nashville to DC flight. I had COVID in December. Y’all can KISS MY ASS about me not wanting it again. And any fool saying they don’t matter is a damn liar," Martin declared, while sharing a photo of himself on the plane.
Ben Shapiro responded to Martin's tweet by remarking, "You, sir, are a hero."
Martin replied, "And you @benshapiro are a fool."
In another tweet Martin wrote, "Y’all notice folks like @benshapiro @majtoure @mattmurphyshow and their childish, ignorant followers have forgotten all of those conservative radio talk show hosts who died of COVID. Feel free killing each other off with your stupidity surrounding COVID."
BlazeTV host Steve Deace of "The Steve Deace Show" retweeted Roland's post and wrote, "Pictured: what’s happened to American manhood."
In one of several tweets in a thread, Martin fired back, "You right wing #MAGA idiots are stupid, and so are the fools who listen to you. You punks claim to be pro-life, but tell me about those conservative talkers dead due to COVID?"
In replies to various comments on his post, Martin noted that he was wearing an N95 mask underneath of his other mask.
Some people highlighted a photo that showed Martin and another individual posing together maskless, but Martin fired back.
"Two people who know each other and no one in 10 feet of us. And masks back on after the photo. Y’all are idiots," he wrote in one tweet. "Yep. Two people who are fully vaxxed, who know each other, standing next to each other and no one around us. Dumb ass," he wrote in another tweet.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has asked the Department of Justice to appeal the court ruling regarding the mask mandate.
"To protect CDC’s public health authority beyond the ongoing assessment announced last week, CDC has asked DOJ to proceed with an appeal in Health Freedom Defense Fund, Inc., et al., v. Biden, et al," the agency said in a statement on Wednesday. "It is CDC’s continuing assessment that at this time an order requiring masking in the indoor transportation corridor remains necessary for the public health. CDC will continue to monitor public health conditions to determine whether such an order remains necessary. CDC believes this is a lawful order, well within CDC’s legal authority to protect public health."