Competency will soon return to the White House following the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. On Monday, on the same day that Pfizer announced that a COVID-19 vaccine that they’d been working on with BioNTech had a success rate of over 90 percent, President-elect Biden held a press conference at which he implored Americans to wear face masks. The simple step of wearing masks can help save lives via curtailing the spread of COVID-19 — but Donald Trump has largely stuck to belittling mask-wearing as some supposed sign of weakness.
At his Monday press conference, Biden said that “the goal is to get back to normal as fast as possible, and masks are critical in doing that.” Trump and his allies have claimed that a Biden administration would, without a doubt, seek to unduly “shut down” the country — but this claim is false. Biden, like tens of millions of other Americans, wants the country to safely reopen across the board — but these reopening efforts need critical support that the Trump administration has repeatedly failed to provide.
On Monday, Biden commented, in part, as follows:
‘We know the single most effective thing we can do to stop the spread of COVID is: wear a mask. The head of the CDC warned this fall that for the foreseeable future, a mask remains the most potent weapon against the virus. Today’s news does not change that urgent reality… My message today to everyone is this: it doesn’t matter who you voted for [or] where you stood before Election Day… We can save tens of thousands of lives if everyone would just wear a mask for the next few months — not Democrat or Republican lives: American lives… A mask is not a political statement, but it is a good way to start pulling the country together.’
Check out Biden’s comments below:
Biden: "The single most effective thing we can do to stop the spread of Covid is wear a mask. The head of the CDC warned this fall & for the foreseeable future, a mask remains the most potent weapon against the virus…do it for your neighbor. A mask is not a political statement" pic.twitter.com/X1P2NLvJdX
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 9, 2020
On Monday, the Biden team also announced the members of its COVID task force. Notably, the team doesn’t include a single Biden family member — unlike the Trump White House’s COVID response efforts, which have been led, in part, by the spectacularly inexperienced presidential son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
This covid advisory team is filled with doctors who believe in science. A stark contrast to what we’re used to. https://t.co/0P7C6ZCcq0
— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@MollyJongFast) November 9, 2020
Throughout the pandemic, Trump himself has repeatedly singled out so-called Democrat-run states, as if these “blue” states somehow deserve less urgent help than ones where Republicans are in charge. Biden has unequivocally established his opposition to this divisive approach to the pandemic.
During his recent victory speech following news networks’ decisions to call the race for the Democratic ticket early Saturday, Biden said, in part, as follows:
‘I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide, but to unify; who doesn’t see red and blue states, but a United States; and who will work with all my heart to win the confidence of the whole people. For that is what America is about: the people, and that is what our administration will be about.’
Donald Trump has not espoused a similar perspective. Amidst a flurry of similarly unsettling behavior, at one point during the pandemic, Trump even publicly said that he didn’t want the White House to call governors from COVID-stricken states if he didn’t think that they were as vocally appreciative as he wanted!