Former vice-president Joe Biden earlier called for a federal mask mandate. Biden referred to the mandate as something he would do differently about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic than President Trump.
“Let’s institute a mask mandate nationwide,” Biden said.
“Every single American should be wearing a mask when they are outside for the next three months at a minimum,” he added.
Well, seems Biden is making a U-turn on his supposed mask mandate as he just admitted on live tv that it is unconstitutional and he wouldn’t issue it.
From New York Post:
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden walked back his own call for a national mask mandate, saying he wouldn’t issue any binding orders because he believes it would be unconstitutional.
The former vice president was questioned by AZFamily’s “Politics Unplugged” Sunday about his repeated pledges to use the powers of the presidency to force Americans to wear masks when he got candid about the efficacy of a mandate.
Asked to respond to the governors who had appreciated President Trump’s more targeted coronavirus approach, which gave more authority to the states, Biden said, “Well, I hope you could trust the governors.
“But here’s the deal, the federal government — there’s a constitutional issue whether federal government could issue such a mandate. I don’t think constitutionally they could, so I wouldn’t issue a mandate.”
Given the legal challenges, Biden said, he would “plead with” people to wear a mask, adding, “I’d set an example.”
Biden now says a national mask mandate is probably unconstitutional and he wouldn’t do it.
This is a full 180-degree reversal. pic.twitter.com/cSxo6Q5LCD
— Alex Marlow (@AlexMarlow) September 7, 2020
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