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Watch Jen Psaki ‘Pearl Clutch’ When Asked About Political Timing of Mask Mandates Being Dropped

White House Press Secretary had to ‘pearl clutch’ when asked about the obviously political timing of mask mandates being dropped ahead of President Biden’s State of the Union Address. Watch:

“Was it important to the president that masks come off during… before the State of the Union?” a reporter asked. “Is there a message that he hopes to send, with, you know, with that news?”

“Well, I would say the president is very powerful, but he couldn’t make us be in the green zone that we’re in right now in DC,” she claimed. “That’s why we are not… going to be required to wear masks starting tomorrow.”

You’ve got that right: Literally on the same day as the State of the Union Address the mask mandate for the Capitol Building is being dropped.

“The Capitol Attending Physician says in new guidance that masks are now optional at the Capitol, just in time for President Joe Biden’s first state of the union address,” CNN reporter Daniella Diaz tweeted on Sunday.

So,I would say that for him, it had nothing to do with the timing around the state of the union,” Jen Psaki claimed with a wry smile. “He wanted to give the CDC the time to assess and make recommendations that would be clear to the American public about what their recommendations would be for mask wearing. Moving forward,” she declared.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its mask guidelines on Friday, which prompted blue state governors around the United States to lift their mask restrictions. Many of the most staunch defenders of masks and mandates followed suit: New York, California, Washington and Oregon all dropped their mandates.

While the CDC justified the decision based on “low transmission levels” throughout most of the country, the truth is that the masks never were shown to have made a statistically significant difference on stopping the spread. Indeed, mask mandate states continuously had higher case rates than free states, while mask mandate schools consistently had higher case rates than mask optional schools.

The mask guidance was changed only days before President Biden’s State of the Union address and amid a Russian invasion of Ukraine that has provided a helpful distraction for an imploding administration. The Republicans are also poised to impose a historic bloodbath on the Democrats in the 2022 midterms.

On February 24th, a memo from IMPACT Research began circulating one day prior to the CDC guidelines change that provides insight into the Democrats’ sudden political decision to drop the masks. The only “science” the CDC was following was “political science.”


Read the Memo That Panicked the CDC and Democrats Into Dropping Mask Mandates

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