(Breitbart) – Former Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that he would compel Americans to wear masks in public if elected president.
In an interview with Pittsburgh CBS affiliate KDKA, Biden said that he would use federal power to “mandate” masks.
Q: I know you have been critical of the president’s handling of the pandemic in the past. But let’s look ahead. If you became president tomorrow, what would you do differently regarding the pandemic and getting these surging cases now under control?
Biden: I would go back to making sure that everybody had masks, that you had PPE [personal protective equipment] lined up, we’d have been making sure we stockpile all the things that we need that we don’t have now. The one thing we do know, these masks make a gigantic difference. I would insist that everybody out in public be wearing that mask. Anyone to reopen — would have to make sure that they walked in their business that had masks.
Q: Couldn’t you use the federal leverage to mandate that, though?
Q: Would you?
Biden: Yes, I would from an executive standpoint, yes, i would.
Q: So you would, in effect, mandate the wearing of masks.
Biden: I would do everything possible to make it required that people had to wear masks in public.
Biden fumbled with his mask throughout the interview, and has struggled with his own mask at previous events.
Biden went on to say that he would take off his mask when taking the oath of office if he won the election.
Flashback: Joe Biden Tweets His Own Misuse of Mask in ‘Hideaway’
Former Vice President Joe Biden tweeted a two-minute video on Tuesday evening showing him misusing a mask throughout a meeting — fumbling with it, removing it, and repeatedly touching his face.
The video was filmed during Biden’s visit last week with small business owners at a sports bar called the “Hideaway” in Yeadon, Pennsylvania. Ironically, Biden, who rarely ventures out in public, has faced repeated criticism for “hiding away” in his Wilmington, Delaware, home and avoiding reporters.
When he does emerge, Biden wears a mask, partly to contrast with President Donald Trump, who typically does not.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website recommends wearing a mask to prevent the spread of coronavirus, but CDC guidelines do not require doing so.
The CDC says a mask should be worn “over your nose and mouth,” adding: “Keep the covering on your face the entire time you’re in public”; and “Don’t touch the face covering, and, if you do, wash your hands.”
Biden’s video shows him failing to observe those guidelines — repeatedly — along with other participants:
To everyone who is scared, hurting, and wondering what's going to happen next: I want you to know I see you. I hear you. And I'll fight for you every single day in the White House. pic.twitter.com/UDQiuTX69L
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 23, 2020
At 0:03, Biden appears with his mask below his mouth. At 0:17, he tugs on his mask. At 0:49, he appears with his mask below his mouth again. At 1:02, he appears to touch his face as he fumbles with his mask again. At 1:10, he speaks without his mask covering his nose or mouth, defeating the purpose of wearing one. He continues speaking without a mask at 1:17, and by 1:21 the mask is below his chin. At 1:38, the mask is back over his chin, but not his mouth. At 1:49, he appears to touch his face again.