President Joe Biden appears to be threatening to take the Fourth of July holiday away from Americans.
The New York Post reports President Biden as telling Americans that more progress has to be made in the fight against the coronavirus before they can celebrate the Fourth of July.
President Biden’s comments came on Wednesday.
“Back on March 11, I outlined a vision of what America could look like by the Fourth of July — an America that was much closer to normal life that we left behind more than a year ago,” Biden said.
To achieve this “vision,” however, Biden said that “we still have more to do.”
“To celebrate our independence from this virus on July 4th with family and friends in small groups, we still have more to do in the months of May and June,” Biden said. “We all need to mask up until the number of cases goes down, until everyone has a chance to get their shot.”
Back in March, Biden went so far as to threaten to reinstate coronavirus restrictions if American’s don’t follow his coronavirus recommendations.
“Unity is what we do together as fellow Americans because if we don’t stay vigilant and the conditions change, we may have to reinstate restrictions to get back on track,” Biden said. “Please, we don’t want to do that again. We’ve made so much progress. This is not the time to let up.”
Biden went on to say that if Americans do follow his recommendations then “there’s a good chance you, your families and friends will be able to get together in your backyard or in your neighborhood and have a cookout or a barbecue and celebrate Independence Day.”
Biden quickly added, however, “that doesn’t mean large events with lots of people together, but it does mean small groups will be able to get together.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over 138 million Americans have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine and at least 93 million have been fully vaccinated.
Accordingly, Republicans, including Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), have criticized Biden for being “out of step with science.”