Newly-minted President Biden made it one of his first acts as President to issue an order requiring the wearing of masks on the federal property — and then immediately broke his own rule by visiting the Lincoln Memorial without a mask.
Biden’s White House didn’t even try to mask the duplicity, admitting when called out by Fox’s Peter Doocy that Biden didn’t need to wear the mask because “he was celebrating an evening of a historic day in our country.”
Biden was photographed, along with his family — all maskless — at the federal monument on Wednesday just hours after issuing a decree requiring “masks and social distancing in all federal buildings, on all federal land and by federal employees and contractors, and on airlines, trains and transit systems traveling between states,” according to Fox News.
Doocy asked Biden’s Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, on Thursday: “Why weren’t President Biden & all members of the Biden family masked on federal lands last night if he signed an executive order that mandates masks on federal lands?”
Watch her response below:
PETER DOOCY @pdoocy: “Why weren’t President Biden & all members of the Biden family masked on federal lands last night if he signed an executive order that mandates masks on federal lands?”
PSAKI: “I think, Steve, he was celebrating an evening of a historic day in our country.” pic.twitter.com/r1IjvHLTjD
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) January 21, 2021
Psaki didn’t even try to defend Biden’s blatant hypocrisy, merely replying that he was “celebrating.” Of course, Biden made no such exceptions for everyone else in his executive order encouraging all Americans to mask up for the next 100 days.
Psaki promised on Wednesday that she’ll bring “truth and transparency back to the briefing room,” but she’s clearly already off to a rough start.