June 15, 2021

Biden’s transportation chief says mask requirements are about ‘respect,’ not science

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Sunday that wearing a mask for public transportation is now more about respect than science.

“What science is there that says that a fully vaccinated person needs to wear a mask on a plane or a train or a bus?” Tapper asked.

Buttigieg answered “we have a set of rules in place to keep people safe, and I really hope that travelers will respect flight attendants, bus operators, workers. Anybody who is simply doing their job to keep people safe.”

The contrast highlights the tensions between science and politics in the pandemic. Masks were originally presented as a method to “stop the spread” of COVID-19.

As more Americans become vaccinated and the numbers of coronavirus cases decrease, the medical need for masks and other social distancing protocols has changed. However, requirements in areas such as airplanes have been slow to follow.

The new discussion with America’s transportation secretary on CNN shifted from science to manners. Wearing a mask was not even argued as a CDC requirement, but rather as a way to show respect and kindness.

The response may be true, but fails to address the need to update public transportation guidelines. Many Americans are ready to be done with masks, including on planes, trains and buses.

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  2. I have blood type that has the antibodies flowing through my body. It has been proven that it’s better than any vaccine out there being used by our Gov’t to try to force those of us to take that vaccine. I WON’T DO IT. I have my rights as an American citizen as to what is injected into my body. My body is my concern not theirs.

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  5. It was in 1930s Germany that they said the wearing of the swastika was a sign of respect – for the party. Today, the Biden govt is out to buy the public’s attention, and demand their respect. Every little problem is being blown up, and the govt throws money at it, to control it. Now that money is fiat, and has no value beyond what the govt claims it does, they just keep printing more and more of it – by the Trillions! There is no problem they cannot buy off. They are bending the people’s will, from solving their own problems to relying on the govt to solve all of their problems, real and imagined. Freedom of choice is disappearing fast, along with freedom of speech. Govt is replacing religion along the way. Who needs choice when govt is telling you what to think and do, and is punishing those who do not agree… The Land of the Free is disappearing fast, and not to anyone’s benefit, save for the elitist Marxist Left… Like Esau, the people are selling their legacy and their souls.

  6. What a pile of stinking dung. Added all together the whole administraiton, including Biden himself, could not come up with a single brain.

  7. If we are supposed to wear a mask in respect to biden then lots of luck. a good many people lost respect for biden on the day he was born

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  13. Try wearing one for 8 hours IE employees Bad news scene
    Remedy this
    OK respect for Non vaccinated then OK
    But 8 hours + wearing mask. NO

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