Leading voices in the "party of science" are continuing to undermine recent face mask guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From the liberal media to the president of the United States, it appears that the left has not fully embraced its own mantra of "trust the experts" when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic.
The CDC issued new face mask guidelines Tuesday saying that fully vaccinated Americans do not need to wear masks outdoors, or even indoors in many cases. Fully vaccinated people, the CDC said, can gather outdoors without wearing a mask except in certain crowded settings and can also gather indoors without wearing a mask or staying six feet apart.
Yet many liberals cannot wrap their minds around it.
For example, MSNBC's Joy Reid — who has repeatedly scolded Americans to do what they're told by the likes of Dr. Anthony Fauci and other government health officials — went on her cable show hours after the CDC announcement to declare that she is still wearing two masks while jogging outdoors.
The latest big-name Democrat to reject CDC mask guidance is President Joe Biden.
During an interview with NBC's "Today" that aired Friday, Biden, who is fully vaccinated and has been for months, told show host Craig Melvin that he would still be wearing a mask — even outdoors — because it's his "patriotic responsibility."
Melvin queried Biden about the new CDC guidance and noted that many Americans are "excited that they can now shed these masks if they've been double vaccinated."
"Are you going to be one of these folks now?" Melvin asked. "Are we no longer going to see the president of the United States outside with a mask on?"
"Sure, sure," Biden answered — before going on to say the opposite.
"But what I'm going to do, though, because the likelihood of my being able to be outside and people not come up to me is not very high," he elaborated.
He went on to note that he and Melvin — who is also fully vaccinated — were unmasked because they were more than six feet apart.
Then he added, "But if we were, in fact, sitting there talking to one another close, I'd have my mask on and I imagine you'd have your mask on, even though we've both been vaccinated" — which, of course, runs counter to the newest mask guidance from the CDC.
Why would he continue wear the mask, even outdoors? Because it's what a good American does, at least in Biden's mind.
"It's a small precaution to take that has a profound impact," Biden said. "It's a patriotic responsibility for God's sake."
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