President Joe Biden had no good answers for why he was seen hugging and shaking hands with strangers at an event in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania on Thursday.
“How long do you think people might have to wear masks again?” a reporter asked. Watch his response:
“Well, if you notice a lot of places people don’t have to wear masks,” Biden claimed. “Let’s get that straight.”
“The places where people have gotten vaccinated, where we have a high vaccination rate, people do not have to wear masks at all,” he went on. “Like some of you who were with me yesterday when I was up in Lehigh Valley, didn’t have to wear masks there.”
“Don’t have to mask if you come home to Delaware with me,” he added. “I know you love doing that. You don’t have to wear a mask.”
“The places people are probably going to have to wear masks in those communities where the high rate of unvaccinated stays high, and they don’t move,” he said. “They don’t move to getting vaccinated, but I think you’re going to find the patience of businesses and the patience of a lot of other people running thin because the fact is if you had high vaccination rates, we wouldn’t be in this spot right now.”
Biden’s claims, however, don’t exactly match reality. In Allentown, Pennsylvania, Biden hugged and shook hands with strangers.
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Even CNN called Biden out for his “malarky” on what the guidance says.
“Biden seemed to suggest in New Castle, Delaware, where his home is, the vaccination rates are high and that’s why he didn’t have to wear a mask there. Is that accurate?” Jake Tapper asked.
“That’s not the case,” Kaitlan Collins replied. “The reason he did not have to wear a mask when he went there the other day is because they had a moderate level of transmission, not substantial or high. Which are the two levels. I don’t think most people know which area they live in. It changes as they update the guidance. It raises a lot of questions.”
“There at the end you saw the president grow quite animated,” she continued. “He was asked about what he did say not that long ago, if you have been vaccinated, you don’t have to wear a mask. He was saying what we’ve heard from a lot of health officials, which is they are working on a rolling basis with changing science and data and evidence here, and clearly the level of concern is real about the Delta variant. He said cases are going to go up. We have not heard that from him in a long time.”
Biden, however CNN wants to slice it, is clearly violating the CDC’s new guidance. It should be noted that Biden violated both the purported mask and social distancing protocols at indoor events. The Capitol Physician and the Speaker of the House have based the restoration of mask mandates for vaccinated people on the CDC’s new guidance.
The President of the United States is supposed to be a leader, and indeed, his health should be one of the highest priorities of his administration. If the president is not taking the threat of the virus seriously, why should the American people?