Democratic president candidate Joe Biden, aka the guy who isn’t president, had a fairly important reminder for President Donald Trump on Tuesday night after the latter bizarrely attacked him during a town hall for not implementing a national mask mandate amid COVID-19.
“To be clear: I am not currently president,” Biden tweeted with a video of Trump’s strange deflection when a town hall participant in Philadelphia asked him why he didn’t support a mask mandate.
The President said he wears a mask “when I have to,” then suddenly switched to an attack against Democrats on the issue.
“They said at the Democrat convention they’re going to do a national mandate. They never did it, because they’ve checked out and they didn’t do it,” Trump told the town hall member. “And a good question is, you ask why Joe Biden…they said we’re going to do a national mandate on masks.”
When ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos, who was moderating the event, pointed out that Biden has in fact called on governors to implement a mask mandate, Trump falsely replied “Well no, but he didn’t do it. I mean, he never did it.”
The President’s comments befuddled other people as well:
It would be super awkward if the guy trying to blame a private citizen for not implementing a nationwide mask mandate was in the party that has spend decades pontificating about personal responsibility.
Oh, wait… Shit. Awkward. https://t.co/plysQsgdHr
— Miranda Yaver (@mirandayaver) September 16, 2020
Is Trump aware that he, not Biden, is currently president? Legitimately unclear based on this response. https://t.co/v76EClnOYE
— John Haltiwanger (@jchaltiwanger) September 16, 2020
"He never did it," Trump says, speaking of Biden not implementing a national mask mandate. That's true. A man who currently has no formal political power did not implement sweeping legislation. Compelling critique from the man who is…*checks notes*…currently the president. https://t.co/0TmhyXDkqU
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) September 16, 2020
Yes really … any good president would have implemented a national mask mandate. Joe was really falling down on the job here.
If only there were something poor Donald could have done about Joe's negligence. https://t.co/nKjcysVvtK
— Khashoggi’s Ghost (@UROCKlive1) September 16, 2020
goddamn president biden screwed us https://t.co/suiS5evLdv
— kilgore trout, non mini-stroke haver (@KT_So_It_Goes) September 16, 2020
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