The contrast could not be more clear between Joe Biden and President Donald Trump when it comes to masks and opening up the country.
Over the last couple of months, Joe Biden has repeatedly changed his position on masks and has continually supported lockdowns.
On August 14th, 2020 CBS reported Joe Biden saying, “Every single American should be wearing a mask when they’re outside for the next three months.” He further went on to say,” Every governor should mandate mandatory mask-wearing.”
On September 2nd, 2020 Breitbart reported Joe Biden saying, “You can’t do things the Constitution doesn’t allow you the power to do,” when asked about his proposed mask mandate. However, he retracted on his initial mask mandate position, touting himself as a pro-constitution candidate.
Yet two weeks later, CBS reported Joe Biden saying that if was legal, he would require masks to be worn and would do so through an executive order. Then on October 5th, ABC reported Biden’s “clarified” his position on masks, requiring them to be worn on federal property.
But tonight, the night of the final debate, Joe Biden made his position clear. He said, “I would make sure we have everyone encouraged to wear a mask all the time” and further elaborated by suggesting a national standard to open up schools and business. To me, that sounds like too much control and power in the hands of the federal government.
Not to mention, tonight Biden also became the pro-fear candidate when said, “we are about to go through a dark winter.”
President Trump, on the other hand, is the optimistic, open the country safely candidate. Trump said, “We have to open our country. The cure cannot be worse than the problem itself.” He’s right. The lockdowns have been anything but a cure and the fallout has arguably been as bad as the virus itself.
Trump is not alone in his position to open up the country. In fact, his position appears to be closely supported and in alignment with the “Great Barrington Declaration” , which was released on October 4th, 2020 and has been signed by thousands of medical and health professionals around the world . The statement calls for a Focused Protection approach to protect the most vulnerable while allowing healthy, low-risk individuals to resume their lives as normal.
While not identical, the “Great Barrington Statement” appears to be similar to Trump’s approach as well. Trump seems to know the importance of opening up the country, opening up our schools, opening up our businesses, and working towards an America that is safe, successful, and flourishing for all Americans.