Biden Does 'a Pelosi' and Ignores Social Distancing Rules to Meet with Aide
Democratic presidential nominee caught breaking coronavirus measures in Wisconsin
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden did "a Pelosi" when he arrived in Wisconsin on Thursday as cameras caught him breaching social distancing guidelines to shake hands with an aide.
Biden is the second high-profile Democrat caught ignoring coronavirus rules this week alone after Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was caught visiting a shuttered San Francisco hair salon without wearing a mask.
Seemingly learning nothing from the Pelosi scandal, former Vice President Biden disregarded COVID-19 restrictions to shake hands with an aide who greeted him on the tarmac after he landed in Milwaukee.
Biden arrived in Wisconsin to visit the site of a police-involved shooting in Kenosha on August 23 that triggered violent Black Lives Matter riots.
So far, Biden who has mostly been campaigning from his Wilmington, Delaware, home to maintain “social distancing.”
The 77-year-old ex-VP has insisted on strict protocols, claiming he wants to set an example for the country on managing the risk of COVID-19.
He wears a mask almost constantly; he requires journalists to stay 12 feet away; and his few speeches include circles painted on the floor, within which those attending or covering the event are expected to confine their movements, according to Breitbart.
On Wednesday, Biden criticized President Donald Trump, saying that he was not setting a good example.
"I think a president has the responsibility to set examples, set the right example for how to get out," Biden said.
"Not go out and not wear a mask, and not to have large crowds of people standing next to him and not wearing masks, not being a potential cauldron for significant outbreaks of COVID …
"And so we’ve worked out a protocol where, how I get in the plane, what kind of plane I get on, how it’s sanitized, where — how I engage people.
"It’s like when I’m engaging all of you, everywhere I go," he said.
"It’s always at a safe distance, and everybody’s wearing masks."
Both Biden and the aide, advance staffer Brian McPartlin, wore masks while they shook hands.
Biden extended his hand first.
Shortly thereafter, Biden touched his mask — another error, as experts recommend washing hands thoroughly before doing so.