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It was really just a matter of time before Republicans tried to turn around President Joe Biden’s “Neanderthal thinking” criticism and embrace it as an honorific.
During a Thursday morning appearance on the Fox Business Network,suggested the president’s recent comments—aimed at Texas and Mississippi for shedding their statewide mask mandates—should be seen as a compliment.
Earlier this week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves—both Republicans—announced that besides repealing their statewide mask mandates, they would reopen their states “” and lift all capacity limits.
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“We are on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease because of the way we’re able to get vaccines in people’s arms,”. “The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime everything’s fine, take off your mask, forget it.”
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Airing a clip of Biden’s remarks, Fox Business anchor Stuart Varney asked Blackburn to react, wondering aloud if she felt her home state was also “guilty of Neanderthal thinking.”
Perhaps in a nod toduring the 2016 campaign, Blackburn went all-in with embracing the title of an extinct human subspecies now often used colloquially to describe uncivilized or unintelligent behavior.
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The White House is standing by President Biden for accusing Republican governors who have lifted coronavirus business restrictions and ended mask orders of "Neanderthal thinking."White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended Biden's comments Thursday when she was asked whether that language was helpful in convincing governors to keep coronavirus restrictions in place as federal and state governments work to ramp up their COVID-19 vaccination programs.
“Stuart, we were called ‘Neanderthals’ when I led the fight against the imposition of a state income tax in Tennessee,” Blackburn said. “Do you know what I did? I started the Neanderthal Caucus!”
“Neanderthals are hunter-gatherers, they’re protectors of their family,” the pro-Trump senator continued, describing the extinct pre-Neolithic species in the present tense. “They are resilient. They are resourceful. They tend to their own. So, I think Joe Biden needs to rethink what he is saying.”
Oddly enough, and somewhat related to Blackburn’s embrace of the Neanderthal, the ultra-conservative lawmakerthat she does not believe in evolution.
Biden's 'Neanderthal Thinking' Remark Prompts Furor in Mississippi, Texas .
"When President Biden said that we were all Neanderthals, it struck me as someone who needs to get outside of Washington, D.C., and actually travel to Middle America," Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves, who recently lifted the statewide mask mandate, said in response to the president's remarks.Biden told reporters it "a big mistake" that some governors are loosening COVID-19 restrictions on Wednesday, adding, "The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking.