Biden accused of going maskless for ‘sophisticated’ white union workers, but not black folks after Hurricane Ida

Columnist Derek Hunter wondered why President Joe Biden went maskless in Delaware when schmoozing with union buddies but wore a face covering when visiting black people in Louisiana following the devastation of Hurricane Ida.

“Why does Biden wear a mask around black people in Louisiana, but not white union guys in Delaware?” the radio show host asked on Twitter. Many thought that was a very interesting observation.

On Friday, the president was seen touring storm-ravaged Louisiana, shaking hands with black people while wearing a mask, and sporting a “cheat sheet” which featured names and photographs of local officials along with talking points.

“Can Joe Biden do anything without a cheat sheet? He couldn’t give a speech on Afghanistan after 5 PM,” quipped Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe. “It’s abundantly clear he’s not operating on full cylinders. He should be in retirement, not leading a country. It’s time we start talking about it more. Everyone sees it.”

“My message today is, I think what we’re all seeing — and I’m getting the same response from my Republican friends here that are in the Congress — is there’s nothing political about this. This is simply about saving lives, getting people back up and running. And we’re in this together,” Biden proclaimed at a briefing with Louisiana officials.

“I promise we’re gonna have your back until this thing gets done. And so, I’m mainly here to listen to see what’s on your mind,” he added.

He wore a black mask as he shook hands and hugged people while touring hurricane damage including uprooted trees and downed power lines in LaPlace, LA, which is west of New Orleans. He then used the destruction to press Congress to approve the Democrats’ massively expensive infrastructure bills.

“I walk through the backyards here — so many telephone lines are down, so many telephone poles are down, so many of the — of the way in which we transmit energy is lost because of the old wooden telephone pole,” Biden noted.

“We know for a fact if they’re underground they are secure. It costs more money. We’ve got to not just build back to what it was with the same old poles up. We got to build back better. We got to build back more resiliently,” he said touting his signature agenda.

Then on Monday, Biden made an unscheduled stop to visit with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 313 in New Castle, Delaware, in order to celebrate Labor Day with union workers. He delivered sandwiches, took pics and selfies with workers, and hugged and high-fived his comrades all without wearing a mask or social distancing. Biden dressed in jeans and a working shirt tailored for a photo-op.

(Video Credit: Reuters)

He even spoke on the phone with a union member’s mother.

“I’m with your son,” Biden, ever the politician, told her. “Mom, I wish you were here. I just stopped by to thank these guys. Happy Labor Day.”

He pointedly put boxes of sandwiches on a table alongside other food at the event before mingling with union workers.

Biden shook hands with the workers, who applauded and thanked him for standing by unions. The president has always been a stalwart supporter of unions and has fought for them throughout his political career.

IBEW International President Lonnie R. Stephenson called him “a longtime friend of working families and the IBEW.”

“Joe has a long record of standing up for union members, and we believe it’s in the best interest of IBEW members to elect him our next president,” Stephenson wrote in February of 2020, stating, “Joe Biden has listened to IBEW members, and his energy policy has been shaped by deep, meaningful conversations with the professionals who will build and maintain the energy grid of the future.”

The curious discrepancy on wearing a mask in certain circumstances and not others with racial overtones was strikingly noticed on social media.


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