Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Order Last July Contradicts Claims to Sean Hannity That He’s Been Against Masking Kids


Governor Bill Lee claimed that he’s been against masking kids, but his executive order last July contradicts his remarks. Lee made that claim during a special panel interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity. Lee was featured alongside fellow Republican Governors Kristi Noem (South Dakota), Ron DeSantis (Florida), Kim Reynolds (Iowa), and Christopher Sununu (New Hampshire). Near the very end of Executive Order No. 55, Lee “strongly encouraged” schools to impose mask mandates.

Local education agencies, schools, and institutions of higher education are strongly encouraged to implement a policy requiring the use of face coverings by students and staff, with appropriate exemptions, and consistent with any policies issued by the Tennessee Department of Education. No policy, local order, or official may prohibit a student, teachers, school employee, or visitor from voluntarily wearing a face covering except to the extent that such face covering presents a safety or security risk. (emphasis added)

Lee made his claim toward the end of the panel interview. Hannity had interrupted Lee’s explanation of how Tennessee’s children are learning in person, unlike Democratic states.

“The differences between our states and blue states are stark. You know, their kids have been out of schools for a year,” said Lee. “In Tennessee, all of the kids are in school. In fact, we have a strong school choice program -”

“Are [the students] wearing masks?” interrupted Hannity.

At first, Lee asserted that students aren’t required to wear masks – but he corrected himself quickly to note that several districts still have mask mandates.

“They are not wearing masks,” Lee replied. “In a couple districts they are. We have a law in this state that allows districts to make that decision – but I’ve said that I don’t think any kid ought to wear a mask. If you want to follow the science, you don’t have any kids in a school wearing masks when kids do not get sick from COVID. That’s science, and that’s what we ought to be doing.”

Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) still requires masks for its students indefinitely. According to MNPS spokesperson Sean Braisted, masks will also be required for their summer school program, Promising Scholar. Dickson County Schools (DCS) still requires students to wear masks if they aren’t at least 3 feet apart, per an emergency school board meeting earlier this month.

Nonprofit activist group, Tennessee Stands, first called attention to Lee’s remarks in a post Thursday afternoon. Tennessee Stands founder Gary Humble accused Lee of lying.

“Tired of the lies from the @GovBillLee administration? He blatantly lied on @seanhannity about his involvement in masking our children here in TN,” wrote Humble. “We have no real leadership here. We must stand up for ourselves here. We must stand up for ourselves here in the Volunteer state. #freedomisbetter[.]”

Lee’s spokespersons didn’t respond with comment to The Tennessee Star by press time.

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Corinne Murdock is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and the Star News Network. Follow her latest on Twitter, or email tips to [email protected].






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6 Thoughts to “Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Order Last July Contradicts Claims to Sean Hannity That He’s Been Against Masking Kids”

  1. Johnny Cash

    Now that TN is a year late finding out the truth that some have always called out since the get go what ab that nashville bombing ? Is the FBI CIA involved? You do the homework and see what you come up with ! I bet you won’t trust anyone if you dig deep enough !

  2. Ms Independent

    I can’t tell any difference in Lee and Biden except biden thinks federal unemployment payments should continue in all states and I agree with Biden which is rare

  3. Jay

    Public health officials have forever lost credibility with the general public all because they didn’t like Trump. What a farce.

  4. David Blackwell RN, BSN, CCM

    Lee is an AC guy. He must go.

  5. 83ragtop50

    Lee is sounding a lot like Biden – just make it up as you go.

    I am totally hacked with the inaction of the Assembly regarding Lee’s unconstitutional law making under the emergency act legislation. The tyrant gave local “mayors” powers that even he did not have. And he has no power to enable mayors force mandates upon us.

    This whole thing smells of ineptness at best and downright willful illegalities at worst.

    Lee must go.

  6. Horatio Bunce

    There was no following the science with Lee’s executive order. Every published study for the efficacy of masks preventing virus spread – even in a hospital setting, even with N-95 masks – showed they don’t work. “Public Health” experts lied the entire time about masks and still are. Now we are back to the virus is “airborne” and not spread by “droplets”, therefore the masks CANNOT WORK – and they never did.
    What is also well established in studies prior to the junk science of May 2020 are the potential damages due to prolonged mask use. Businesses and government agencies are liable for those damaged caused by their non-scientific mask “mandates”.
    Remember in 2003, that the Australian government fined businesses up to $110,000 for bribing customers to come to their store by providing the do-nothing masks as a protection against the SARS-COV1 virus. They didn’t work then and were considered dangerous to assume that they provided any protection against virus spread. Just read this: [dot] html