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Politics Psaki: Biden's 'Neanderthal' comment was a 'reflection of his frustration'

08:06  07 march  2021
08:06  07 march  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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WASHINGTON – White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended President Joe Biden ' s comments comparing some Republican governors' decision to lift mask mandates to " Neanderthal thinking," calling it a " reflection of his frustration " about Americans refusing to follow public health guidance. Asked whether it was productive to compare governors to Neanderthals while trying to convince state officials to get on board with the White House public health message, Psaki clarified the president was likening the decision to Neanderthal "behavior." "The behavior of a Neanderthal , just to be very clear

White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended Joe Biden ' s comments comparing Republican governors to Nearnderthals for lifting mask mandates in Mississippi and Texas. Biden ' s remarks were ' a reflection of his frustration ' about Americans not following public health guidance during the pandemic, Psaki said.

WASHINGTON – White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended President Joe Biden's comments comparing some Republican governors' decision to lift mask mandates to "Neanderthal thinking," calling it a "reflection of his frustration" about Americans refusing to follow public health guidance.

Jen Psaki in a blue shirt: White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during the daily press briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on March 4, 2021 in Washington, DC. © Samuel Corum, Getty Images White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during the daily press briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on March 4, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Asked whether it was productive to compare governors to Neanderthals while trying to convince state officials to get on board with the White House public health message, Psaki clarified the president was likening the decision to Neanderthal "behavior."

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Psaki said Biden ’ s comment was a “ reflection of his frustration and exasperation” that Americans were failing to wear masks. But she blamed former President Donald Trump’s administration for failing to properly educate the country about wearing masks. “Many times they haven’t had the information they need from the federal government. They haven’t had access to a greater understanding for what the public health guidelines should look like,” she said.

She also said Biden ’ s comments were “ a reflection of his frustration ” about Americans not following public health guidance to limit their risk of contracting coronavirus. “I don’t think his view on mask wearing is a secret,” Psaki said at the Thursday White House briefing. “And I’m certain when he Abbott, who has often been criticized for his anti-immigrant rhetoric, then accused the president of “releasing illegal immigrants into our communities who had Covid,” calling it a “ Neanderthal -type approach to dealing with the Covid situation”. Addressing Abbott’s comments on Thursday, Psaki

"The behavior of a Neanderthal, just to be very clear, the behavior of," she said, adding that it was a "reflection of his frustration and exasperation" over some people flouting COVID-19 guidance to help curb the spread of the virus.

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"He believes that with more than half a million Americans' lives lost, with families that continue to suffer, that it's imperative that people listen across the country, whether they live in a red state or blue state, to the guidance of public health experts," she said.

Psaki also emphasized the president only had asked Americans to wear a mask for the first 100 days of his term, noting that there were still around 60 days left in that request. Thursday marked the 43th day of Biden's presidency.

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Biden was commenting on states like Texas and Mississippi drastically rolling back their COVID-19 restrictions, with the Lone Star State abandoning its mask mandate in anticipation of being fully reopen. "I hope everyone' s realized by now these masks make a difference," Biden told reporters in the Oval Office on Wednesday. "The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime everything' s fine, take off your mask - forget it. It still matters." Republican lawmakers and pundits quickly pounced on the comment , arguing that Biden was being dismissive of conservatives who

White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended Joe Biden ' s comments comparing Republican governors to Nearnderthals for lifting mask mandates in Mississippi and Texas. Biden ' s remarks were ' a reflection of his frustration ' about Americans not following public health guidance during the pandemic, Psaki said. US Politics Live Biden accuses Republican governors of ' Neanderthal thinking' over plans to reopen.

Biden sparked GOP outrage after he called it a "big mistake" for states like Texas and Mississippi to lift pandemic restrictions, including mask mandates, describing it result of "Neanderthal thinking."

"We are on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease because of the way in which we're able to get vaccines in people's arms," he told reporters Wednesday during a meeting with bipartisan lawmakers on how to fight cancer. "The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that, in the meantime, everything's fine, take off your mask, forget it. It still matters."

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced earlier this week he's moving to "open Texas 100%" and would issue an executive order to take effect March 10 rescinding most of his earlier orders, including restrictions on business occupancy and the July 2 statewide mask order. Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves also announced he would terminate mask requirements across the state.

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Psaki defended President Joe Biden ' s comments comparing some Republican governors' decision to lift mask mandates to " Neanderthal thinking," calling it a " reflection of his frustration " about Americans refusing to follow public health guidance. 18h ago. Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The central role played by the governor’s top aides reflected the lengths to which Cuomo had gone in the middle of a deadly pandemic to control data, brush aside public health expertise and bolster his position as a national leader in the fight against the coronavirus. As the nursing home report was being written, the

She also said Biden ’ s comments were “ a reflection of his frustration ” about Americans not following public health guidance to limit their risk of contracting coronavirus. “I don’t think his view on mask wearing is a secret,” Psaki said at the Thursday White House briefing. Abbott, who has often been criticized for his anti-immigrant rhetoric, then accused the president of “releasing illegal immigrants into our communities who had Covid,” calling it a “ Neanderthal -type approach to dealing with the Covid situation”. Addressing Abbott’s comments on Thursday, Psaki said: “ We ’ re about facts around here.

Following Biden's comments, Tate shot back in a tweet that residents of his state would make their own decision on how to protect themselves.

"Mississippians don’t need handlers. As numbers drop, they can assess their choices and listen to experts. I guess I just think we should trust Americans, not insult them," he tweeted.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., told Fox Business that being referred to as a Neanderthal was actually a compliment because "they are resilient, they're resourceful. They tend to their own."

Blackburn said the president needs to "rethink what he is saying about the states that are starting to move away from these mask mandates."

Contributing: Maureen Groppe

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Psaki: Biden's 'Neanderthal' comment was a 'reflection of his frustration'

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