The only thing President-elect Joe Biden had going for him during the 2020 campaign was the perception that he was serious about coronavirus policy. Unfortunately, his one big idea — national mask mandates — was recently dealt a serious blow.
Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), a senior White House advisor for the incoming Biden administration, tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday, the Daily Caller reported. There are no reports on whether Richmond always wore a mask, but it calls into question national mask mandates as an effective way to erradicate COVID-19.
A rapid response test caught Richmond’s infection, prompting further testing which also came back positive. Contact tracing revealed he had close contact with two people, both of whom have been told to isolate.
Richmond had recently traveled to Georgia to stump for Democratic candidates Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in the hotly-contested Senate runoff races that will take place next month. He did not have contact with the candidates, their teams, or any other Georgia Democrats on the campaign trail, according to Biden’s transition team spokesperson, Kate Bedingfield.
Bedingfield also said that he did not have any “close contact” with the president-elect during that time. “Richmond’s interactions with the President-elect happened in open air, were masked and totaled less than 15 consecutive minutes, the CDC’s timeframe for close contact,” she wrote in a statement to the publication. “As is our standard protocol after an initial positive test, he took a PCR test on Thursday, December 17th, which also came back positive.”
“Richmond will quarantine for a period of 14 days and will produce two negative PCR tests before he returns to any in-person work in Congress or on the transition,” Bedingfield continued. “The protocols we have followed are consistent with protocols we followed during the campaign to ensure the safety of everyone involved. We take all precautions possible, follow the best guidance of public health officials and remain committed to transparency and information sharing when positive tests do arise. We will continue to model this behavior at every opportunity.”
It remains to be seen whether the left will take the same delight in his diagnosis or blame the patient they way they did when President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19 in early October. “Maybe the blessing of all of this, as sad as it is … that the rest of the country has to know that even with the precautions taken surrounding the President, that people are susceptible so that they should ignore the, shall we say, mocking of masks,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi schoolmarmed the president in a clip tweeted by CNN.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “Maybe the blessing of all of this, as sad as it is … that the rest of the country has to know that even with the precautions taken surrounding the President, that people are susceptible so that they should ignore the, shall we say, mocking of masks.” pic.twitter.com/vb2oioho29
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) October 2, 2020
Contrary to what the left would have Americans believe, it’s possible that Richmond and everyone around him were taking the proper precautions and that he got sick anyway. Democrats have treated the virus as mystical plague that only strikes down people at church, restaurants, or anti-lockdown protests while passing over anyone protesting systemic racism.
Furthrmore, Richmond’s illness calls into question Biden’s main thesis that mask mandates are the answer. It proves that either masks don’t always stop the virus, or that even the president-elect’s closest advisers can’t be bothered to follow his edicts let alone all Americans. How will the entire population of the U.S. fare any better if either is true?