While many of us stopped listening to President Biden, Fauci, and other bureaucrats to give us permission to stop taking jabs, wearing arbitrary masks, and being a hermit because we’re too afraid of a virus to see other people – President Biden finally decided on CBS’s 60 Minutes this week that he believes the COVID-19 pandemic can be considered over and done with. Since March 2020, Americans have seen restrictions of some sort due to COVID-19. If you, personally, don’t feel that this applies to you, then you’re not a low-income preschooler at Head Start preschool, a college student, or people in many lines of work still forced to wear a mask and show proof of vaccination.
“The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with COVID, we’re still doing a lot of work on it, but the pandemic is over,” Biden told CBS correspondent Scott Pelley during his appearance.
The president’s words triggered criticism over his COVID emergency power usage, mask-wearing and ongoing mask and vaccine mandates across the U.S., with conservatives slamming his alleged overreaching power and leftists criticizing the “irresponsible” claim.
“Left wingers are going to be furious at him for this, but this is also interesting because less than a month ago he justified canceling a trillion dollars in student loans by citing his covid emergency powers,” OutKick founder Clay Travis tweeted late Sunday.
Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., offered a similar critique, writing, “If “the pandemic is over” as Biden says, then all of the President’s emergency powers predicated on a pandemic, all COVID vax mandates, the emergency powers of every governor, Emergency Use Authorizations, and the PREP act should all be voided tomorrow.”
Biden also garnered criticism for choosing to mask up in recent weeks, a move contradicting his claim.
Conservative radio host Buck Sexton tweeted screenshots of a Daily Mail article featuring a masked Biden, tacking on the critique that he wore masks outdoors as recent as two weeks ago.
“Your reminder that Biden was wearing masks outside *2 WEEKS AGO* but is now saying the pandemic is “over” because the election is coming up and he is completely full of crap.”
MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan voiced his disdain with the claim as well, writing, “One of the (many) reasons [people] are not wearing masks is because people like Biden keep (falsely) telling them the pandemic is over.”
Election season has a funny way of making Democrats ease up on COVID-19 restrictions and no longer make it out to be a plague. Midterms are coming up quickly, and many Democrats aren’t looking so hot in their upcoming elections, which could spell disaster for the Biden Administration.