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Ari Fleischer called out presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for his “weakness” and questioned the wisdom of his mask proposal.
Fleischer, who served as press secretary for President George W. Bush, spoke with Fox News’ Dana Perino about Biden’s proposed national mask mandate on Thursday, expressing his confusion over what such a directive could even mean.
(Source: Fox News)
The discussion followed Biden’s campaign event with his newly named vice presidential pick, Sen. Kamala Harris. Perino began the segment expressing her surprise and even confusion over Biden’s mask proposal.
“Every single American should be wearing a mask when they’re outside for the next three months at a minimum,” the former vice president said. “Every governor should mandate mandatory mask-wearing. The estimates by the experts are it will save over 40,000 lives in the next three months if people act responsibly. It’s not about your rights, it’s about your responsibilities as an America.”
Perino asked Fleischer about the idea on Thursday’s “The Daily Briefing.”
“I’ve always said wearing a mask is a good idea,” he began, but quickly tore into Biden’s proposal.
“A nationwide mask mandate, what does that mean? I’m sitting alone in an office with nobody here, am I supposed to be wearing a mask right now? When I’m off the air and I move to my desk, am I going to be mandated to wear a mask, that’s ridiculous,” Fleischer said.
He also called out the Democrat for not taking any questions from reporters but hurrying away.
“He left without taking any questions to explain it. How can you just say something like that and not explain it?” Fleischer demanded as Perino agreed that it is probably not “sustainable” to avoid questions.
“It is if the press lets him get away with it, Dana,” Fleischer said as he called out the press for essentially allowing Biden to “hide” and wondered if they will continue to give him a pass.
“You and I have both been around and we’ve seen the press go into a feeding frenzy that alters your behavior. When the press is morally offended and they think that somebody in public life has done something, said something objectionable, they come down on ’em like an anvil falling from the sky,” he added.
“If they don’t do that to Joe Biden, of course he’s going to get away with it. If he hides and they let him hide because they want him to win, of course. That’s part of the double standard of the press today,” Fleischer said.
Perino noted that perhaps Biden and Harris believe there are “persuadable voters” who will think the mask mandate will be a good idea, but noted that even President Trump, who has said wearing a mask is “patriotic” has not issued a national mandate to wear one.
“I think it shows, again, Joe Biden’s fundamental weaknesses, he’s weak,” Fleischer concluded.
“He can’t even explain this. He comes out, let’s that fly today with no explanation, no question-taking because he’s weak,” Fleischer added.
“If he had strength, if he could answer questions, what does that mean? Does it mean somebody sitting alone, does it mean only when you go out in public, does it mean when you are at home with your family? Why won’t he stand there and take the heat and take the questions?” Fleischer asked. “I don’t know why.”
He reiterated again that he personally does not object to wearing masks in public amid the coronavirus pandemic, adding that “it’s the right thing to do.”
“But as with everything in politics, it’s not just the magic buzzword, it is, what does it mean, how does it work,” he said. “Kamala Harris talked about the vaccine, nobody knows when we will have a vaccine. That’s up to science, that’s not up to Donald Trump or Joe Biden.”
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