Former Vice President and presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said he would use his executive power to require Americans to wear face masks in public to slow the spread of COVID-19 if he were president, KDKA-TV reported recently.
Some states and localities currently require masks in public, while others recommend them without requiring them to be worn. President Trump has no intention at this point to make wearing them a federal mandate.
But, when Biden was asked about a potential federal mask requirement by KDKA's Ken Rice, he replied: "I would go back to making sure that everybody had masks, that you had PPE lined up, making sure we stockpile all the things that we need and we don't have now. The one thing we do know, these masks make a gigantic difference. I would insist that everybody in public be wearing that mask. Anyone to reopen, it would have to make sure that they walked into a business that had masks."
Rice then asked the perpetually addled Democratic front-runner, "Couldn't you use your federal leverage to mandate that?” Biden responded, “Yes.” Rice followed up by saying “Would you?” Biden said “Yes, I would from an executive standpoint, I would.” He would. He would.
Rice sought to make certain there was no room for misinterpretation by inquiring of Sleepy Joe, "So, you would, in effect, mandate the wearing of masks,” to which he replied, "I would do everything possible to make it required the people had to wear masks in public.” Poor syntax notwithstanding, I think we get the message. But the president has no legal, Constitutional power to dictate what Americans wear.
Biden then seemed to find his stride and expounded on his earlier answers. He proclaimed his fondness for Zubaz, a popular, baggy, pants-like apparel item in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and said, “I’d make the wearing of Zubaz mandatory, too. I liked them, they were cool. And adult diapers, I’d mandate the hell out of those things. And maybe corsets for women again, you know—” at which point several aides rushed in and took the microphone away from him.
Where are the geese when you need them?