President Joe Biden has slammed Texas and Mississippi governors for removing all their CCP Virus (coronavirus) restrictions and reopening 100% of their businesses, calling their decisions “Neanderthal thinking.”
“It’s a big mistake,” Biden said on Wednesday, March 3, after reporters asked about the two states announcing they will lift their mask mandates and all capacity limits on businesses a day earlier.
“I hope everybody’s realized by now these masks make a difference. We are on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease because of the way we’re able to get vaccines in people’s arms,” he told the reporters in the Oval Office.
“The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime everything’s fine, take off your mask, forget it. It still matters,” he continued.
Biden said that the country “will not have everybody vaccinated until sometime in the summer.”
“It’s critical, critical, critical that they follow the science, wash your hands, hot water, do it frequently, wear a mask, and stay socially distanced,” he said. “I know you all know that.”
President Biden on Texas and Mississippi lifting their statewide mask mandates: “I think it’s a big mistake…It’s critical, critical, critical that they follow the science…” pic.twitter.com/ETcTJw04ij
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 3, 2021
However, the Republican governors cited science as a reason to end their virus restrictions and to resume their businesses on a statewide scale.
“Starting tomorrow, we are lifting all of our county mask mandates and businesses will be able to operate at full capacity without any state-imposed rules,” Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) tweeted on Tuesday.
“Our hospitalizations and case numbers have plummeted, and the vaccine is being rapidly distributed. It is time!” he wrote.
“Now, we are putting our focus toward rapid vaccine distribution. We are getting out of the business of telling people what they can and cannot do,” Reeves added.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) had a similar message, saying, “We must now do more to restore livelihoods and normalcy for Texans by opening Texas 100 percent.”
In a response to Biden’s Wednesday remarks, Texas Sen. John Cornyn said that Biden should not preach to his state.
“President Biden has a lot of problems to take care of. He’s got a crisis at the border that he calls the challenge and not a crisis, dismantling all of our immigration laws and protections to protect our border,” Cornyn told reporters on Wednesday.
“So I don’t think he’s got a lot to say about preaching to my state, about how we’ve handled this Covid-19 virus,” he added.
“I don’t think Washington has a lot to say to states like my state about what the appropriate reopening measures are,” he continued. “The fact of the matter is if you want to wear a mask, you can still wear a mask, but at some point the government needs to quit making arbitrary rules that do not have any demonstrably connection with the public health.”
— The Hill (@thehill) March 3, 2021
Alabama is widely expected to join Texas and Mississippi in ending an order for everyone to wear a face mask across the Yellowhammer State.