Joe Biden has repeatedly said he would issue a national mandate for people to wear personal protective masks amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
As the Federalist reports, Biden mostly recently called for a national mandate during his keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention.
“No miracle is coming,” Biden said during his Delaware speech, swiping President Trump for failing to implement such an order. “The president still does not have a plan, but I do.”
Again, Biden repeatedly accosted Trump for failing to mandate people to wear the masks. But, now, he admits such an order would be unconstitutional.
“But here’s the deal,” he later said, “the federal government — there’s a constitutional issue whether the federal government could issue such a mandate. I don’t think constitutionally they could, so I wouldn’t issue a mandate.”
The Federalist reports the remainder of Biden’s plan to tackle the coronavirus sounds almost exactly as what Trump is already doing to combat the spread of the virus: “his coronavirus plan is virtually identical to the president’s.”
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Candidates make a lot of promises. It’s sadly common to see them eventually not do what they said they’d do, although usually only after they’re elected. So why the change now? It’s certainly possible poor polling numbers were coming back, as with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other prominent Democrats’ sudden and total turnaround from their unending school-closure policies.
But what of the rest of the Democratic plan to tackle the Chinese virus? Its other policy planks were 2) distributing tests and 3) taking “the muzzle off our experts.” But the government has distributed tests, and the United States is still ramping up testing at a dramatic rate.
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The final part of the Biden plan is to un-muzzle the experts, but disease experts have dominated the White House response from the start, with Dr. Anthony Fauci even fashioning himself into a grotesque pop culture icon. In fact, many conservatives argue disease experts have led politicians in the White House and states at a ridiculous and unstatesmanlike level.