Video shows maskless Biden cover face prior to taking photo with supporter

President Joe Biden has been an enthusiastic proponent for the widespread use of face masks throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Newly released footage, however, suggests that the president’s rhetoric might more be rooted in political posturing than concerns about public health.

Biden’s selective masking

According to Fox News, the president was caught on camera without his mask on during a stop at a Michigan auto plant on Wednesday for a celebration of a bipartisan infrastructure bill’s passage.

He notably stopped to put on a face covering, however, before taking a selfie with someone in the crowd despite not having it on just moments before as he glad-handed attendees.

He is not the only high-profile Democrat to selectively apply rules about the use of face masks.

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) attended an event recently during which she could be heard noting that she was only wearing a mask because of the presence of a “Republican tracker.”

“A political theatre acted out by leftists”

Of course, this was also not the first such instance in which Biden appeared to play fast and loose with his own advice. At an event in New Jersey last month, a maskless Biden could be seen coughing into his hand before going on to shake hands with those around him.

Other Democrats — including D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and former President Barack Obama — have also publicly run afoul of the prevailing progressive mask decrees.

The New York Post highlighted the fallout regarding Obama’s presence at a packed 60th birthday party in which attendees generally forewent face masks entirely. Columnist Maureen Callahan wrote at the time that for “someone who prides himself on optics, Barack Obama just gave us quite an ugly spectacle.”

Plenty of critics, most only on the right, have called out left-wing figures who have maintained a hypocritical position on the topic. For its part, Freedom Works opined that masks have become “a political theatre acted out by leftists.”

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