President Biden on Texas re-opening: "The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking"


President Biden's reaction to Governor Abbott's statewide announcement yesterday has made its way to social media.

Biden's comments have surfaced while hosting a bipartisan Oval Office meeting on cancer Wednesday, his first move as president to reinvigorate efforts he made during Barack Obama’s administration.

Several White House correspondents took to Twitter with the president's criticism for Governor Abbott's latest decision.

When asked about Texas and Mississippi lifting their mask mandates and opening businesses back up to 100%, the president said, “I think it's a big mistake. The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking." he said.

The extension of his comments were reported in the Washington Post:

“Look, I hope everybody’s realized by now these mass make a difference,” Biden told reporters. “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. … The last thing, the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking — that, 'In the meantime, everything’s fine. Take off your mask. Forget it.’ It still matters.”

As of Wednesday March 10th, Abbott says he is ending the statewide mask mandate and that all businesses can fully reopen, but added that the removal of the mandate does not remove individual responsibility to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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