Joe Biden faced a brutal shredding on social media after he asked an audience not to tell “them” he did not wear a mask while entering the room.
Biden was celebrating the signing of a contract between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association.
Despite Jill Biden testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, Biden appeared at the event without a mask.
“I’ve been tested again today, I’m clear across the board,” Biden said as he walked into the room,’ Biden said.
“But they keep telling me, because this has to be ten days or something, I’ve got to keep wearing it. But don’t tell them I didn’t have it on when I walked in.”
Meanwhile, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre defended Biden’s violation of White House COVID-19 protocols after he removed his mask to deliver remarks at Tuesday’s Medal of Honor ceremony.
According to CDC guidelines, those exposed to COVID-19 must wear a mask when indoors and around other people, which Biden failed to do.
“Joe Biden is refusing to following CDC guidance on masking — how many people will die because he’s too selfish and uncaring to wear a mask?” Outkick writer Ian Miller sarcastically asked.
“If only children in Montgomery County public schools also had the freedom to not wear a mask,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, wrote in a social media post.
“They’re trying to sell Biden as a mask rebel after he spent months condemning Americans for failing their ‘patriotic duty,'” reporter Charlie Spiering wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Townhall columnist Phil Holloway declared, “The mask theater has reached ultra-clown levels.”
“We’re right there with you – don’t tell us to mask either,” director of the Border Security and Immigration Center at the Heritage Foundation Lora Ries wrote.
Some commentators asked who Biden had been referring to when asking the audience not to tell “them” about not wearing a mask.
“Who is ‘them?'” FOX News Media contributor Tomi Lahren inquired.
“Who is ‘they?'” Texas Public Policy Foundation executive director and general counsel Robert Henneke similarly asked.