Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris said Friday that a national mask mandate will be a top priority if she and presidential candidate Joe Biden are elected because it is a “sacrifice we have to make” during the pandemic.
“It’s really — it’s a standard,” Harris said during an appearance on the “Today” show. “I mean, nobody’s going to be punished. C’mon. Nobody likes to wear a mask. This is a universal feeling, right? So that’s not the point. ‘Hey, let’s enjoy wearing masks.’ No. The point is this is what we, as responsible people who love our neighbor, we have to just do that right now. God willing, it won’t be forever.”
So let me get this straight: It’s important that next January, people be told they have to wear a mask for three months because of the level of coronavirus infections now, in August. But they won’t be punished if they don’t.
Other than trying to get the elderly vote back from President Donald Trump, what is the point of this sham?
Biden goes all out on mask order
Biden has been calling for a mandatory mask order for weeks now, claiming that it will save 40,000 lives in the next three months. It’s a play for the votes of the elderly and people that some Gen Z youth call “Karens” — you know, the ones who always have to tell everyone else what to do and how to do it.
“Every governor should mandate mandatory mask-wearing. It’s not about your rights, it’s about your responsibilities,” Biden said earlier in August, adding that the science showing that masks help prevent the transmission of coronavirus was “overwhelming.”
Trump had been having some trouble with the senior vote back when he was disparaging wearing masks and refusing to do so. It could very well be that his recent poll bump has less to do with the widening of the enthusiasm gap between him and Biden and more to do with his about-face on masks, which eased the fears of elderly voters who feel vulnerable to the current pandemic.
But a mask mandate across the entire country is a bridge too far for Trump, who understands that the levels of the virus vary greatly in different parts of the country, as does the tolerance for heavy-handed executives.
Trump says states must decide
“We have urged Americans to wear masks and I emphasized this is a patriotic thing to do,” Trump said at an August 13 press briefing. “Maybe they’re great and maybe they’re just good. Maybe they’re not so good, but frankly, what do you have to lose? You have nothing to lose … And we’ve been saying wear them when it’s appropriate, especially in terms of social distancing.”
“At the same time, we also understand that each state is different and is facing unique circumstances,” Trump said. “We’ve entrusted the governors of each state, elected by the people, to develop and enforce their own mask policies and other policies following guidance from the federal government and CDC.”
“We want to have a certain freedom,” he concluded. “That’s what we’re about.”
So get ready for everybody to be treated like they are 77-years-old and need to be told what to do under a Biden-Harris presidency. Even if they apparently aren’t going to back anything up with consequences for not doing it.