Joe Biden said Monday he wants governors to lock down their states to fight the coronavirus and questioned the patriotism of those who don’t.
Joe Biden said he has “enormous respect” for “conservative” Republican governors who have “stepped up and issued mandates for wearing masks.”
The Democrat presidential candidate went on to praise Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) and criticized an unnamed Trump adviser who supposedly recommended governors “resist” Biden’s demands.
“What the hell is the matter with these guys? What is the matter with them?” Joe Biden said, adding:
Every major individual of any consequence in the health field is saying we can save 100,000 lives just between now and January 21 by wearing masks. It’s going to take a while for the vaccine to be able to be available, distributed and get to people. We’re talking about 350,000 to 400,000 people dying.
“What are they doing? It’s totally irresponsible, irresponsible,” he said.
Joe Biden then praised Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (R), though not by name:
Does anybody understand why a governor would turn this into a political statement? It’s about patriotism. It’s about being patriotic. It’s about saving lives, for real. I’m— this is not hyperbole. It’s about being patriotic. I think we’re seeing more and more as this god-awful virus continues to spread, almost unabated, that we— that governors are stepping up.
Biden used similar language in October linking wearing a mask to being patriotic.
“It’s not a matter of politics. It’s a bracing reminder to all of us, we have to take this virus seriously,” he said in Michigan, WZZM reported. “It’s not going away automatically. We have to do our part to be responsible–means following the science, listening to the experts, washing our hands, social distancing.”
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