Mississippi, South Dakota governors reject potential nationwide lockdown, mask mandate

Despite legal challenges having been filed in multiple swing states, former Vice President Joe Biden has begun unveiling policy ideas for a potential Democratic administration.

One of them could involve a nation-wide lockdown in response to the coronavirus — but without state governors on board, such a move won’t go far. Already, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) has made it clear that her state won’t be participating, and Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) took a similar stand.

Noem will not support lockdown, mask mandate

“It’s a good day for freedom,” Breitbart quoted Noem’s communications specialist Ian Fury as saying in a statement to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader on Friday.

“Joe Biden realizes that the president doesn’t have the authority to institute a mask mandate,” Fury added. “For that matter, neither does Governor Noem, which is why she has provided her citizens with the full scope of the science and trusted them to make the best decisions for themselves and their loved ones.”

The paper also quoted earlier comments from the governor herself, who said, “We already know that lockdowns don’t stop the spread of the virus.”

“However,” the governor went on to point out, “they destroy small businesses and jobs, and they make it difficult for families to put food on the table.”

Biden COVID task force member: US may copy what “Asian countries have done”

As Breitbart noted, that came in the wake of disturbing remarks on Tuesday from a member of Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s coronavirus task force.

During an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Dr. Michael Osterholm recalled a New York Times op-ed he co-authored with Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari that called for emulating what “the Asian countries have done.”

Osterholm explained that this would involve locking down the nation “to drive this infection level to a place where we can actually control it.”

On November 1, the Daily Mail reported that 42 mental health experts wrote a letter to the British government expressing their concern that renewed lockdown efforts could lead to a spike in suicide and alcoholism.

Noem isn’t alone in voicing opposition to any Biden-imposed national lockdown effort, as Breitbart also quoted Gov. Reeves as expressing similar sentiments last week.

“We’re not going to participate in a nation-wide lockdown,” he declared on Thursday, calling the suggestion “totally and completely beyond reasonableness.”

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