President Joe Biden was caught walking through a restaurant without a mask this weekend, the Washington Examiner reported, despite his administration’s own draconian mask and vaccine policies and Washington, D.C.’s policy on masks.
A viral video shows Biden holding a surgical mask in both hands in the Fiola Mare, an upscale Italian restaurant, as Secret Service agents trail him in masks.
This makes Biden the most powerful Democrat yet to ignore the repressive COVID-related restrictions that his party is pushing on ordinary Americans.
Indeed, Biden’s cavalier approach is perhaps understandable after Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser broke her own mask policy immediately after reinstating it.
Biden: Mask up, even if I don’t
Despite the obvious indifference of top Democrats toward masks in their private lives, Biden has doubled fines for maskless passengers on public transportation and has even sent the Department of Justice after Republican officials and parents opposed to mandates in public schools.
Meanwhile, Biden has placed the jobs of countless Americans at risk with his own authoritarian vaccine mandate, and has even encouraged Americans to see mass firings as a sign of progress, as reports note.
But Biden’s press secretary, Jen Psaki, was characteristically dismissive of those who noticed Biden’s hypocrisy — call it “Neanderthal thinking,” even — dismissing it as among “moments in time that don’t reflect overarching policy,” according to the New York Post.
WATCH: Joe Biden walks through an expensive Washington, D.C. restaurant without a mask, violating D.C.’s mask mandate. pic.twitter.com/lZDDFbhjZT
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As Psaki explained, it’s different when powerful, connected Democrats break the rules. “I don’t think we should lose the forest for the trees here — in that our objective here is to get more people vaccinated, make sure that schools and companies around the country can put in place requirements to save more lives and keep more people safer,” she said, according to the Post.
For what it’s worth, Biden’s mask habits are, at least publicly, typically scrupulous. He is often seen with a mask on, despite being triple vaccinated, and if the vaccine is as effective as he says it is, there should be no need for him to wear one in the first place.
And Bowser’s policy, which requires everyone older than 2 to wear masks inside despite vaccination, is genuinely bonkers.
But it’s lunacy that Biden is forcing the country to play along with, even though he clearly doesn’t believe it himself. At this point, is there a single powerful Democrat who does?