President Joe Biden exploded in rage on Wednesday after news broke that the governors of Texas and Mississippi are actin to remove their statewide mask mandates, calling it the decisions “neanderthal thinking.”
Biden shared the words during an Oval Office meeting, responding, “The last thing, the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, everything’s fine, take off your mask, forget it.”
Adding his reminder Americans should wash their hands, wear a mask, and socially distance, the president argued against the state policy changes. He urged state leaders to “follow the science” when it comes to the pandemic.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky spoke at a briefing Wednesday morning to remind Americans, “Every individual is empowered to do the right thing here regardless of what the states decide.”
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves tweeted Tuesday that beginning Wednesday, all county mask mandates would be removed and businesses could operate at full capacity.
Starting tomorrow, we are lifting all of our county mask mandates and businesses will be able to operate at full capacity without any state-imposed rules. Our hospitalizations and case numbers have plummeted, and the vaccine is being rapidly distributed. It is time!
— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) March 2, 2021
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared they plan to “open Texas 100%.” His executive order begins March 10, rolling back most restrictions on businesses and ending the state’s mask mandate.
Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn cleared up misinformation reported in some media, reminding, “The fact is if you want to wear a mask, you can still wear a mask.”
Cornyn added, “At some point, the government needs to quit making arbitrary rules that do not have any demonstrable connection with the public.”
Biden may call it neanderthal thinking, but the move has excited residents in Texas and Mississippi. Many are ready to move back to normal, regardless of Biden’s long-term lockdown advice.