House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) pulled the trigger on publically announcing her support for nationwide mask mandates on Sunday during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week.”
After the media and Democrats took several weeks off from hysterical coronavirus coverage in order to protect and promote massive protests across the nation, leftists are attempting to refocus on COVID-19.
Cases are reportedly spiking in some states, leading Democrats to renew the push for extended lockdowns and mask mandates. ABC’s George Stephanopolous asked Pelosi on Sunday if she believes that it’s “time to mandate the wearing of masks across the country.”
Pelosi jumped at the chance to make it known what’s next on the Democrat agenda, replying that a federal mandate is “long overdue,” echoing Democrat nominee Joe Biden’s comments earlier this week.
“Oh, it’s definitely long overdue for that,” she said. “And my understanding is that the Centers for Disease Control has recommended the use of masks but not required it because they don’t want to offend the president,” practically salivating over the prospect of finding a new way to attack Trump.
Most of the response to COVID-19 has been left up to state and local leaders in order to allow them to tailor response measures to their area’s outbreak severity and needs, but Democrats can’t stand that the federal government isn’t in control.
Though many states and localities have instituted some form of mask requirement, Democrat nominee Joe Biden said earlier this week that if he was President, he would use his executive power to order all Americans to wear masks in public. Pelosi told Stephanopolous that she “totally agrees” with Biden’s proposal.
Since most stay-at-home orders have been partially or fully lifted, Democrats that spent much of the spring haranguing Americans about staying home to “slow the spread” have pivoted to virtue signaling about wearing masks to stop the spread.
According to the CDC’s current guidance, “cloth face coverings may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others. The CDC cited “emerging evidence” showing that some types of fabrics can reduce the number of microorganisms released into circulating air.