Gov. Lamont Heckled By Anti-Mask Protesters At Press Conference

WCBS 880 Newsroom
September 16, 2020 - 6:26 pm

    BERLIN, Conn. (WCBS 880) — Some anti-mask protesters got in Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont’s face on Wednesday as he attended the groundbreaking of a new infrastructure project.

    Lamont was in the area to unveil an $18 million mixed-use economic development project near the Berlin Train Station but, instead took some heat from aggressive protesters.

    One man waved a flag in support of President Donald Trump as another yelled into a megaphone, “You are not King Ned.”

    As Lamont spoke to reporters, protesters got louder and continued to demand that the Democratic governor reopen the state. Eventually, the governor cut his comments short and left the stage.

    The man with the megaphone later told reporters his 3-year-old daughter should not have to wear a mask in her daycare program.  He then vowed to follow Lamont at every event he attends.

    Lamont told the group he would rather be too conservative in reopening the state.

    While he did not acknowledge the anti-mask protesters later on in the day, he did take to Twitter in defense of Connecticut’s strict reopening policies and mask mandate.

    “The science shows that wearing a face mask works,” the governor wrote. “Don't let the progress we've made so far get reversed. Keep up the great work, Connecticut.”

    Gov. Lamont said of the 11,257 coronavirus tests administered on Tuesday, just 135 came back positive, bringing the statewide total to 55,166.

    There were two COVID-related deaths reported on Wednesday.