The governors of Texas and Mississippi have responded to President Joe Biden’s description of their decision to nix the mask mandate and open businesses as “Neanderthal thinking.”
How we got here: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R), both announced on Tuesday they’re allowing all businesses in the states to reopen at 100% capacity and that they are rescinding the mask mandate.
“Too many Texans have been sidelined from employment opportunities. Too many small business owners have struggled to pay their bills. This must end. It is now time to open Texas 100%,” Abbot said.
“Our hospitalizations and case numbers have plummeted, and the vaccine is being rapidly distributed. It is time!,” Reeves tweeted Tuesday.
The governors argued that people in their states have had enough time to learn and practice how to protect themselves from infection and that there is no reason for the economy to suffer further. They also pointed to a declining number of coronavirus infections and the increasing availability of vaccines.
What the president said: Biden on Wednesday slammed the states for the move. He said the decision was a “big mistake” and that it is “critical, critical, critical” that state officials “follow the science.”
“I think it’s a big mistake,” Biden said. “Look, I hope everybody’s realized by now these masks make a difference. We are on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease because of the way in which we’re able to get vaccines in people’s arms. We’ve been able to move that all the way up to the end of May to have enough for every American, to get every adult American to get a shot.”
“The last thing, the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime everything’s fine, take off your mask,” Biden added. “Forget it. It still matters. … Wash your hands, hot water, do it frequently. Wear a mask and stay socially distanced. And I know you all know that; I wish the heck some of our elected officials knew it.”
Their response: Reeves took to Twitter to offer a response to the president’s remark.
“President Biden said allowing Mississippians to decide how to protect themselves is ‘Neanderthal thinking.’ Mississippians don’t need handlers … I guess I just think we should trust Americans, not insult them,” he wrote.
President Biden said allowing Mississippians to decide how to protect themselves is “neanderthal thinking.”
Mississippians don’t need handlers. As numbers drop, they can assess their choices and listen to experts. I guess I just think we should trust Americans, not insult them.
— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) March 3, 2021
Abbott’s press secretary Renae Eze told the Daily Wire in a statement that the numbers show the state does not need restrictive measures to control the spread.
“The Governor was clear in telling Texans that COVID hasn’t ended, and that all Texans should follow medical advice and safe practices to continue containing COVID. The fact is, Texas now has the tools and knowledge to combat COVID while also allowing Texans and small businesses to make their own decisions,” Eze said.
“It is clear from the recoveries, the vaccinations, the reduced hospitalizations, and the safe practices that Texans are using, that state mandates are no longer needed. We must now do more to restore livelihoods and normalcy for Texans. The Governor’s focus has been, and always will be, protecting the lives and livelihoods of Texans,” the statement added.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took aim at Biden on Twitter as well.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 3, 2021
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