Joe Biden wants everyone to wear a personal protective mask during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
And, if he were president, he would mandate that all Americans comply, he announced Wednesday afternoon in Wilmington, Delaware.
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee appeared alongside his newly announced vice president Kamala Harris, who agreed with the mandate.
“Every single American should be wearing a mask when they are outside for the next three months at a minimum,” Biden said at the event, as BizPac Review reports. “Every governor should mandate mandatory mask-wearing. Let’s institute a mask mandate nationwide starting immediately and we will save lives. It’s not about your rights; it’s about your responsibilities as an American.”
“The estimates are we’ll save over 40,000 lives in the next three months if that is done,” he continued.
“As a nation, we should all be wearing a mask for the next three months because it will save lives,” Harris echoed.
BizPac Review reports Biden praised the use and effectiveness of wearing a personal protective mask but said nothing to discourage ongoing mass protests and race riots.
“Biden insists that masks save lives, but he never criticized the lack of masks during the countless Black Lives Matter riots, protests, and funeral extravaganzas over the past three months,” the outlet reported.
According to the report, several people criticized Biden and Harris for encouraging a mask while many of their colleagues have been witnessed in public not wearing one.
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BREAKING: Joe Biden & Kamala Harris call for nationwide face mask mandate. You might want to start with these idiots: pic.twitter.com/rXlNbVsxPQ
— MARK SIMONE (@MarkSimoneNY) August 13, 2020
If a nationwide mask mandate would save thousands of lives then we could have saved millions over the years with a nationwide mask mandate to protect against the flu and other illnesses. Why didnt anyone ever propose such a thing? I mean literally not a single person mentioned it
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) August 14, 2020
Trump campaign advisor Steve Cortes also responded to Biden’s declaration, pointing out the irony that Biden is encouraging Americans follow the mandate while simultaneously encouraging illegal immigrants to break immigration and federal law.
“Biden would try to use the presidency to require every American to wear a mask outside, for months, no matter the location or circumstance,” Cortes tweeted. “Simultaneously, he invites millions of illegals trespassers into our country as new citizens?”
“Two sets of rules…” he added.
Biden would try to use the presidency to require every American to wear a mask outside, for months, no matter the location or circumstance
Simultaneously, he invites millions of illegals trespassers into our country as new citizens?
Two sets of rules…pic.twitter.com/Kf99uL3ejH
— Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) August 13, 2020