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Nunes Says Lockdowns Are ‘Way Overkill,’ Argues That Staying At Home Would Kill ‘A Hell Of A Lot More People’

California Republican Devin Nunes, who has been one of the most controversial lawmakers, argued this week that keeping kids out of school due to COVID-19 is “way overkill.”

“The schools were just canceled out here in California, which is way overkill,” Nunes said. “I mean, it’s possible the kids could have went back to school in two weeks, four weeks. But they just canceled the rest of the schools.”

Nunes is one of the people that would rather have people out there spreading the virus if it meant improving the economy.

Nunes on Tuesday also urged the public to “stop looking at the death counters, and let’s talk about how we can keep as many people employed as possible.”

“When you have people staying at home, not taking care of themselves, you will end up with a hell of a lot more people dying by other causes then you will buy the coronavirus,” he claimed.

Nunes also told Fox News that he was “optimistic” about potentially using the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to treat the virus.

“Look how quick we were able to get this approved — this new malaria drug that you have been talking about every night,” Nunes said. “There’s a lot of optimism here that we have in some of these drugs that are coming online.”

An Arizona man died after ingesting a fish tank cleaner that contained chloroquine phosphate after Trump hyped an unproven drug treatment for the new coronavirus in spite of the warnings of Dr. Anthony Fauci. Other countries have warned against its use for COVID-19.

RELATED: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Issues Stay-At-Home Order After State Grapples With Rapidly Spreading Coronavirus

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