Despite an earlier promise that Americans may celebrate the Fourth of July in small groups, Joe Biden is walking that back, claiming only those receiving vaccines are permitted to gather for the holiday.
“To celebrate our independence from this virus on July 4 with family and friends in small groups, we still have more to do in the months of May and June. 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 was singing a different tune. He assured the the people, given the rate of vaccination at the time, that Americans would be allowed to celebrate the July 4th holiday as usual. In fact, the president claimed “the U.S. could return to some form of normal life by July 4th.”
President Biden called on states to make the coronavirus vaccine available to all adults by May 1 and said he was hopeful that the U.S. could return to some form of normal life by the Fourth of July.https://t.co/sgezagZkjj pic.twitter.com/b8xQOGzw5u
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 12, 2021
Republicans have slammed Biden’s statements, arguing that the transmission rate of the virus is next to zero when gathered outdoors.
“It was advice for an alternate universe. The president and his advisers may need to get out more,” Sen. Mitch McConnell said.
Americans in Red and Blue states alike have been gathering in small groups outdoors for months. Biden’s suggestions, likely at the behest of Dr. Fauci, have largely fallen on deaf ears.
If every willing person in America is vaccinated for #COVID19 by May, as POTUS has said, why put our lives on hold till July the 4th?
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) March 12, 2021
Satire site Babylon Bee mocked Biden’s statements:
Biden Says If Everyone Is On Their Best Behavior He Might Allow Some Limited Freedoms On July 4https://t.co/qEdIhHrbDV
— The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) March 12, 2021
Sen. Rand Paul has repeatedly sparred with Dr. Fauci about his mandate to keep wearing masks even for Americans who have received the vaccination.
Sen. @RandPaul: "If we're not spreading the infection, isn't it just theater? You have the vaccine and you're wearing two masks, isn't that theater?
Dr. Anthony Fauci: "Here we go again with the theater. Let's get down to the facts."
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 18, 2021
Author: Elizabeth Tierney