President designate Joe Biden’s plea that Americans should wear masks for 100 days met with anger and defiance among the supporters of President Donald Trump and underscored the challenge of fighting a politicized pandemic in a deeply divided nation.
When COVID-19 cases rose to over 14 million, Biden’s opponents flooded the social media with articles questioning the science behind the masked appeal and other government responses that have ruined the economy and curtailed civil liberties.
Most experts recommend wearing masks and social distancing among a number of effective methods to contain the spread of the virus, which by December 3 had infected 14,535,196 people in the United States and killed 282,829, most of them worldwide.
“On the first day of my inauguration, I will ask the public for 100 days of masking,” Biden said in an interview broadcast on CNN on Thursday. “Only 100 days to mask me, not forever. One hundred days.”
“And I think we will see a significant reduction if this is done with vaccinations and masking to bring the numbers down significantly,” Biden added.
Biden’s proposal was not well received by some Conservatives, who tweeted their disagreement with the 100-day masking mandate.
“Joe Biden is asking everyone in America to wear a mask for the first 100 days in a way most people haven’t worn in the past six months,” twittered Daily Caller reporter Scott Morefield.
“This is just further proof that face masks are a religious cult at this time,” Morefield added. “No amount of data will ever change the mind of these fanatics.”
Joe Biden is asking everyone in America to wear a mask for the first 100 days in a way that most people haven’t worn in the past six months.
Just another proof that face masks are a religious cult at this point. No amount of data will ever change the mind of these fanatics.
– Scott Morefield (@SKMorefield) December 4, 2020
“Biden says he’s going to ask Americans to wear face masks for the first 100 days of his term,” tweeted author and radio host Todd Starnes. “I’m not sure that’s enough to stifle the stench of his left-wing, America-last agenda.
Biden says he will ask Americans to wear face masks for the first 100 days of his term. I’m not sure that’s enough to stifle the stench of his leftist agenda “America last.
– toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) December 4, 2020
“WE WILL NOT FULFILL” tweeted Congresswoman Majorie Taylor Greene of Georgia.
WE WILL NOT FOLLOW! https://t.co/6WAdbwQAb8
– Marjorie Taylor Greene (@mtgreenee) December 4, 2020
“Where it began: 15 days to slow down the spread'”, twittered the reporter from the conservative television station Blaze, Elijah Schaffer. “Where it started: ‘only 100 days to slow down the spread’,” twittered the reporter from the conservative television station Blaze. Not forever'”.
Where it began: ’15 days to slow down the spread’.
How it works: “only 100 days to mask. Not forever” https://t.co/c0WPMXf66t
– ELIJAH CREATOR (@ElijahCREATOR) December 3, 2020
“Extremely pathetic: Biden wants to wear a mask for “the first 100 days” – @CNN,” twittered British political commentator Steve Hilton. “What “science” or “data” is 100 days based on? None, it is pure nonsense, pulled out of thin air by some PR idiot”.
“Everything Biden says about the virus is for politics, not public health,” Hilton added. “He has zero credibility,” Hilton added.
Extremely pathetic: Biden wants to be masked “the first 100 days” – @CNN
On which “science” or “data” are 100 days based? none
it is pure BS, pulled out of thin air by some PR idiot
everything Biden says about the virus is for politics, not public health. he has zero credibility
– steve hilton (@SteveHiltonx) December 3, 2020
Washington Newsday asked Biden’s transition team for a comment.
President Donald Trump, who has often been seen without a face mask, has hinted that Biden’s tendency to wear face masks is unnecessary.
“I don’t wear masks like he does,” Trump said during the first presidential debate in September. “Every time you see him, he has a mask. He could talk from 200 feet away and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.”
Due to the current increase in positive COVID-19 cases, some states have announced plans to introduce additional security protocols. California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that his state’s five regions will stay home for three weeks if ICU bed availability in the regions falls below 15 percent capacity. “This is the most challenging moment since this pandemic began,” Newsom said at a press conference on Thursday.
In the state of Florida, where more than 1 million positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported, Governor Ron DeSantis has refused to issue a nationwide masking mandate. “I am against mandates, period,” DeSantis said during a Monday briefing. “I don’t think they work.”