Kamala Harris, Vice President, was seen on Thursday and Friday not following CDC guidelines regarding mask-wearing. she presided over the Senate Thursday for Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation vote maskless, and then on Friday when she joinedBiden and Jackson joined other guests for an indoor Oval Office ceremony in recognition of Jackson’s confirmation. Harris was also unmaskless.
Harris’ comms director Jamal Simmons tested positive for the virus on Wednesday. The CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people who were in close contact with someone who has contracted COVID-19 “wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact with someone with COVID-19.”
Jen Psaki from the White House was confused by Harris’s violation of CDC guidelines. When Jen was pressed, she said it was tedious and that Harris had been indoors wearing a mask on Friday and Thursday.
Except she wasn’t, as the photos and videos make clear:
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Psaki said there was no “indoor ceremony” for Ketanji Brown Jackson yesterday and that Kamala Harris “has been wearing a mask inside.”
Kamala YESTERDAY pic.twitter.com/AcqyimNMOk
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On Monday, Psaki was challenged on the White House’s lies about Harris not practicing what this administration preaches on CDC guidelines, and her answers just made the whole situation worse. She said the day was an “emotional, historic day” (which COVID apparently makes exceptions for) and also that Harris had had “human” moments where she wasn’t masked, and then said she was masked “99% of the time” (which was also a lie).
Jen Psaki said that Kamala Harris was not wearing a mask in the indoors, because “it was emotional day. It was historic day.” pic.twitter.com/t0ndBM8uSI
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Jen Psaki: Kamala Harris was ignoring mask rules because she’s “human” pic.twitter.com/wgj4j63jm0
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This “rules for thee but not for me” stuff predates the Biden administration, of course, as Democrats including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and California Gov. Gavin Newsom were routinely caught in 2020 not practicing what they preach, but this also is a reminder of how Joe Biden started off his presidency – by violating his own executive order mandating people were masks on federal property just hours after he was inaugurated.
Paski’s response when asked about it at the time, was similar to what she said Monday.
She first said Biden “was celebrating an evening, a historic [inauguration]Every day of the year in this country. And certainly, he signed the mask mandate because it’s a way to send a message to the American public about the importance of wearing masks.” In answer to a follow-up question, she doubled down.
“I think the power of his example is also the message he sends by signing 25 executive orders — including almost half of them related to Covid,” she stated. “The requirements that we’re all under every day here to ensure we’re sending that message to the public. Yesterday marked a significant moment in American history. As President of the United States, he was inaugurated. The family surrounded him. Although we make many safety precautions, there are bigger problems that I feel we should be concerned about right now.”
There you go. As long as it’s a Democrat celebrating a special day, it’s ok. Besides: “I think we have bigger issues to worry about at this moment in time.”
Those excuses never worked for Republicans, most of who were never proponents of mask mandates to begin with, and they shouldn’t work for the Biden White House, either. But they’ll get away with it, of course, because most in the media want to focus on the more “important” matters, like whether or not Sens. Lindsey Graham and Rand Paul were deliberately slighting Judge Jackson by forgetting to wear ties and being unable to vote from the Senate floor on Jackson’s confirmation Thursday.
Because of #priorities, and stuff.
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