President Joe Biden made headlines just hours after signing an executive order which he apparently thinks he is too good to follow.
Biden signed a mandate requiring that masks be worn on federal property at all times – and then just hours later removed his mask while visiting the Lincoln Memorial.
“Wearing masks isn’t a partisan issue – it’s a patriotic act that can save countless lives. That’s why I signed an executive order today issuing a mask mandate on federal property. It’s time to mask up, America,” Biden wrote on Twitter.
Conservatives quickly feasted on the arrogant display by Biden:
“Does Joe Biden’s new executive order mandating masks on federal property not apply to Joe Biden while he’s on federal property? Because here he is at the Lincoln Memorial with no mask just hours after signing it,” Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk wrote on Twitter.
“Biden signed a mask mandate requiring everyone who is on federal land to have to wear masks. Here is Biden tonight at the Lincoln Memorial, which is on federal land, not wearing a mask,” The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra wrote on Twitter.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was also forced to answer for Biden’s violation of his own mandate – where she attempted to downplay it by claiming that it was okay because the president was “celebrating.”
Psaki was asked the question by Fox News reporter Peter Doocy, and she responded by repeatedly referring to him by the wrong name.
Here is the exchange that the two had:
DOOCY: “Why weren’t President Biden and all members of the Biden family masked at all times on federal lands last night if he signed an Executive Order that mandates masks on federal lands at all times?”
PSAKI: “At the inaugural–“
DOOCY: “At the Lincoln Memorial, yes.”
PSAKI: “I, I think Steve, he was celebrating an evening uh, uh, of a historic day in our 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, uh, wearing masks, how it can save tens of thousands of lives. We take a number of COVID precautions as you know here in terms of testing, social distancing, mask wearing ourselves as we do every single day, but I don’t know that I have more for you on it than that.”
DOOCY: “But [as] Joe Biden often talks about, it is not just important the example of power, but the power of our example. Was that a good example for people who were watching [that] might not being paying attention normally?”
PSAKI: “Well Steve, 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, uh, the requirements that we’re all under every single day here to ensure we’re sending that message to the public. Yesterday was a historic moment in our history, he was inaugurated as President of the United States. He was surrounded by his family. We take a number of precautions, but I think we have bigger issues to worry [about].”
Other photos showed Biden not wearing a mask while also standing just a few feet away from reporters as he answered their questions, and showed his family also not wearing masks at certain points. Other photos showed that Biden eventually put a mask on, presumably at the end of his visit to the memorial.
Biden’s executive order, the “100-day masking challenge,” will require masks and social distancing in all federal buildings, on all federal land and by federal employees and contractors, and on airlines, trains and transit systems traveling between states.