White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday defended President Joe Biden’s comment that governors who stopped their state’s mask mandates were thinking like Neanderthals.
Biden was talking about “the behavior of a Neanderthal, just to be very clear,” Psaki said during the White House press briefing.
Psaki said Biden’s comments were “a reflection of his frustration and exasperation, which I think many American people have that for almost a year now.”
In North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper has adopted the policy premise that anything done in the name of safety from the coronavirus trumps all other interests, including economic, religious, or other health considerations. Despite comparatively low numbers in the Tar Heel state, the ninth most populous state in the United States, and with no evidence of the healthcare system being overwhelmed, North Carolina has been in full lockdown for over a month.
Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves won Mississippi’s 2019 gubernatorial race Tuesday evening in a close race against Democratic state Attorney General Jim Hood.