Joe Biden on Wednesday slammed decisions made by the governors of Mississippi and Texas for lifting their state’s COVID restrictions as “Neanderthal thinking”, while responding to a reporter on Wednesday.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday that he would rescind restrictions on businesses to reopen Texas “at 100 percent,” and revoke the state’s mask mandate by the middle of next week. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves also announced a similar policy on Tuesday, signing an executive order that lifts coronavirus restrictions on businesses in favor of statewide guidelines that residents may choose to follow.
“I think it’s a big mistake. Look. I hope everyone has 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 are able to get the vaccines in people’s arms,” Joe 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,” he claimed. “…. It’s critical, critical, critical, critical that they follow the science. Wash your hands, hot water, do it frequently, wear a mask, and stay socially distanced.”
“I know you all know that. I wish to heck some of our elected officials knew it,” Biden told reporters.
Following Biden’s criticism, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves fired back at Biden, informing the current occupant in the White House, “We should trust Americans, not insult them.” Video Below
Joe Biden’s remarks on Texas and Mississippi lifting their restrictions:
NEW – Biden slams Texas, Mississippi for lifting COVID restrictions: "The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking."pic.twitter.com/8mM7vIZFu0
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Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves fired back at Biden on Twitter Wednesday afternoon, writing, “President Biden said allowing Mississippians to decide how to protect themselves is ‘Neanderthal thinking.'”
“Mississippians don’t need handlers. As numbers drop, they can assess their choices and listen to experts. I guess I just think we should trust Americans, not insult them,” he recommended.
President Biden said allowing Mississippians to decide how to protect themselves is “neanderthal thinking.”
Mississippians don’t need handlers. As numbers drop, they can assess their choices and listen to experts. I guess I just think we should trust Americans, not insult them.
— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) March 3, 2021
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