Flip-Flop: Biden Indicates He May Have Presidential Authority to Implement Mask Mandate

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Posted: Sep 16, 2020 5:30 PM
Flip-Flop: Biden Indicates He May Have Presidential Authority to Implement Mask Mandate

Source: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

In a Wednesday press conference with a pre-approved list of reporters, former Vice President Joe Biden changed the Democratic ticket’s stance on a national mask mandate, again. 

Biden originally called for a nationwide mask mandate in August:

“... this is not about Democrat, Republican or independent. This is about saving Americans’ lives,” Biden said. “So let’s just institute a mass mandate nationwide starting immediately. And we will save — the estimates are that we will save 40,000 lives in the next three months once that is done.”

The former vice president’s unserious idea was then called out for being unconstitutional, forcing Biden and Harris to walk back their promise to implement such a mandate. Instead, the pair promised to “encourage” mask wearing, acknowledging the constitutional issue at hand.

Today, Biden walked back his acknowledgement of the obvious constitutional issue, claiming that his legal team believes he would have the authority to implement the mandate as president. He promised to sign an executive order if that is the case:

Biden's stance on the implementation of a nationwide mask mandate remains unclear.