President Not Happy With States Pushing for Normalcy

President Joe Biden is clearly not happy that not all of the states are following his orders. On Monday, the president pleaded with states to roll back their reopening plans while criticizing those governors for canceling the mask mandates.

Biden stopped just short of ordering the states to pause their reopening measures. However, he told them that they would see a setback if they let down their guard.

Increased Rhetoric

Earlier in the month, Biden referred to the governors who were pushing to open as “Neanderthals.” At the same time, he continued to insist that this is not political despite the fact that the states that are advocating for a return to normalcy are all led by Republican governors.

What Is to Come?

It is highly unlikely that the states will follow the advice of Biden. Once the genie is out of the bottle, when it comes to reopening, it is nearly impossible to stop the progress.

Cases continue to drop in states that have already lifted mask mandates and capacity restrictions. For example, 18 days after announcing that they were back open for business as usual, Texas is reporting some of its lowest levels of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in months.

It is clear that the Biden administration is not following its own advice when it says to follow the science. It appears the science is demonstrating that it is safe to reopen fully.

During the same news conference, Biden also announced that 90% of all American adults will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by April 19. So what is the holdup in the reopening plans?