published : 2023-09-07

Biden Faces Backlash for Not Wearing Mask, Joking with Audience

Critics question Biden's behavior amidst COVID-19 pandemic

A photo of President Joe Biden signing the contract between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, taken with a Nikon D850.

President Joe Biden is under fire after making a remark about not wearing a mask, sparking controversy across social media.

The incident occurred at an event celebrating the signing of a contract between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association.

Despite his wife testing positive for COVID-19 just days earlier, Biden entered the room without a mask, jokingly asking the audience not to 'tell' on him.

This lighthearted comment quickly drew criticism, with critics pointing out the hypocrisy of Biden not following COVID-19 protocols.

An image of President Biden joking with the audience at the event, without wearing a mask, captured by a Canon EOS R6.

Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre deflected questions regarding Biden's maskless behavior at previous events, further fueling the backlash.

The incident reignited debates over mask mandates and the freedom to choose whether or not to wear a mask.

Critics questioned Biden's commitment to following CDC guidelines and accused him of disregarding the wellbeing of others.

Commentators expressed curiosity about who Biden referred to as 'them' when asking the audience not to tell.

A picture of press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre deflecting questions on Biden's maskless behavior, taken with a Sony A7 III.

Amidst the controversy, prominent figures like Senator Ted Cruz criticized Biden's actions, highlighting the lack of freedom for children in schools to forgo wearing masks.

With social media ablaze, public opinion remains divided over Biden's mask-wearing habits and the inconsistency in his messaging.

As the nation continues to grapple with the ongoing pandemic, the behavior of its leaders becomes subject to scrutiny, leaving many wondering about the true extent of their commitment to public health.