Biden Says Texas Lifting Mask Mandates Is ‘Neanderthal Thinking’
'I think it’s a big mistake'
Joe Biden joined a growing number of Democrats blasting governors of Mississippi and Texas for lifting their statewide mask mandates.
“I think it’s a big mistake,” Biden said.
“The last thing, the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, everything’s fine, take off your mask, forget it,” Biden said.
Biden demanded political officials should “follow the science” on masks.
“It’s critical, critical, critical that they follow the science,” Biden said, repeating that "Americans should wash their hands, wear a mask and stay socially distanced. ”
“I know you all know that,” he continued.
“I wish to heck some of our elected officials knew it.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki took shots at American governors for lifting mask mandates.
“The entire country has paid the price for political leaders who ignored the science when it comes to the pandemic,” she said.
The White House Press secretary said Biden would likely speak with the Texas governor about his decision “at the next opportunity he has.”
Psaki said Biden believed that mask-wearing could save 50,000 lives, urging Americans everywhere to continue to wear masks,
“He’s hopeful that people in these states will continue to follow the guidelines that have been set out and the recommendations made by health and medical experts,” she said.
Federal health officials earlier on Wednesday urged Americans in states to “do the right thing” by continuing to wear masks.
“Every individual is empowered to do the right thing here regardless of what the states decide,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a briefing with reporters Wednesday morning.
Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom slammed Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott after he announced his state would be lifting the coronavirus restrictions and opening again.
On Tuesday, Abbott announced that Texans would no longer be required to wear masks beginning March 10th.
The Lone Star State governor added he would also rescind past executive orders and allow businesses to operate at maximum capacity.
Abbott said during the press conference:
"Too many Texans have been sidelined from employment opportunities."
“Too many small business owners have struggled to pay their bills."
"This must end. It is now time to open Texas 100%.”
Meanwhile, Newsom, who is facing a recall effort that has already garnered over 1.8 million signatures, called Abbott’s decision “absolutely reckless.”