Biden’s Justice Department will fight to keep airplane mask mandate alive

The Biden administration is appealing the widely celebrated judicial ruling that blocked the federal government’s arbitrary mask mandate for air travel and other forms of public transportation.

The Department of Justice officially announced Wednesday it would seek to reverse the decision from Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, according to the Washington Examiner.

Biden appealing mask ruling

In making that move, the DOJ was deferring to unelected bureaucrats at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who argued the mandate is still “necessary to protect the public health,” the DOJ said.

Mizelle ruled Monday that the CDC overstepped its lawful authority with the sweeping mask rule, which applied to all travelers older than 2 years old on planes, buses, and trains.

The CDC was never authorized by Congress to indiscriminately detain people for not wearing masks, the Trump-appointed judge said, noting the rule does not take into account a traveler’s health status.

The ruling sent the “COVID Zero” left into a meltdown, but it had airline passengers cheering as all major airlines dropped their mandates, along with Uber and Amtrak.

But for some reason, Biden wants to continue the mask charade more than two years after the pandemic was declared, and despite his own dubious efforts to take credit for a return to normalcy.

Follow the science?

Whatever may happen with the rule in court, the will to enforce it in the private sector is clearly gone. Airline stocks are surging in the wake of Mizelle’s ruling — and the CEO of United Airlines says it is “very unlikely” the mandate will ever come back.

Airlines had previously enforced the mandates themselves before Biden made masks mandatory on his second day in office. Biden renewed the mandate last week, despite lobbying from airlines to drop it.

The U.S. Travel Association blasted Biden’s decision to fight for the mandate as “simply out of step with the current public health landscape.”

With this move, Biden is decidedly on the wrong side of public opinion, too. A recent poll found that just 9 percent of Americans still think COVID is a “serious crisis.”

Rather than let this unpopular mandate die, Biden is choosing to keep the nation hostage to the most irrational fears of his neurotic, misanthropic base. Is he trying to lose the midterms?

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