During a recent interview with 60 Minutes, President Joe Biden claimed, “The pandemic is over” leading to backlash from conservatives and liberals alike.
“The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with COVID, we’re still doing a lot of work on it, but the pandemic is over,” is what Biden told CBS correspondent Scott Pelley.
In a rare show of bipartisanship, democrats and republicans alike criticized the President for his description of the state of the COVID pandemic. From federal emergency power usage to ongoing vaccine mandates and everything in between, President Biden is having his authority questioned because of the “mixed messaging” being presented to the American people.
If “the pandemic is over” as Biden says, then all of the President’s emergency powers predicated on a pandemic, all COVID vax mandates, the emergency powers of every governor, Emergency Use Authorizations, and the PREP act should all be voided tomorrow.https://t.co/bQZLZ5QGrv
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) September 19, 2022
Republicans, on the one hand, were already saying that Biden has too much power regarding the pandemic. If COVID is no longer a pandemic, it will leave conservatives wondering if the federal government has any power at all.
Democrats, on the other hand, are criticizing the remarks as “irresponsible” and sending a mixed message to all Americans. There is still a military vaccine mandate ongoing in America for something that is not even, in the words of the President, a pandemic anymore. If vaccine mandates can be put in place for this, then what is to stop the government from issuing flu shot mandates to the public sector?
The interview was done, as CBS phrased it, while Biden “walked the floor of the Detroit Auto Show last week. Gesturing around the hall, Mr. Biden observed, “If you notice, no one’s wearing masks. Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape. And so I think it’s changing. And I think this is a perfect example of it.”
At the same time, CBS goes on to note, “Mr. Biden’s comments came only a few weeks after his administration asked Congress for billions of dollars to maintain its testing and vaccination efforts.”
Even earlier this month, the Biden Administration urged Americans to seek updated booster shots to stop the COVID “pandemic,” though it appears that it is a pandemic no longer.