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Making the first State of the Union address of his presidency from the House of Representatives chamber at the U.S. Capitol Tuesday night, President Joe Biden spoke to the American people just six days after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
As OutKick’s Clay Travis said on OutKick the Show after the 62-minute speech concluded, Biden entered the chamber maskless, surrounded by a majority of maskless members of Congress. Masks were optional to attend, but a negative PCR test was required. The day before, Biden was seen walking by himself in an open field, wearing a KN95 mask over his face.
“Just in time for the State of the Union, they suddenly totally do away with the mask mandate. I mean, I am talking about Joe Biden walking right out, shaking hands with everybody,” Travis said. “Yesterday, Joe Biden wore a mask when he walked across the grounds at the White House, that big black mask that covers half his face.
“Then, today, he walked right into the floor of the House of Representatives, no mask, virtually no one had masks on. And not only was he not wearing a mask, he was shaking hands with everybody all down the aisle. Right from that moment, if you didn’t think to yourself, ‘My God, this entire administration is full of complete shit… Then you do not have a functional brain.'”
Biden covered a plethora of topics, including COVID-19 and the topic of defunding/funding of police. The latter has been one of the cardinal talking points of Democrats for the past two years, and Biden has recently taken a different stance from many in his party.
“We should all agree the answer is not to defund the police. It’s to fund the police,” Biden said. “Fund them with resources and training, resources and training they need they need to protect their communities.”
Travis said that while he agrees with Biden, he finds it interesting that he’s decided to take the stance now.
Travis shared a montage of various Democrat members of Congress, as well as Vice President Kamala Harris, calling to defund the police.
On the subject of COVID-19, Biden offered a bipartisan message, calling for a “reset” of the polarization of the last two years. Biden said the U.S. has made great progress in learning how to adapt to COVID-19 and touted a “Test to Treat” initiative, which will allow people who test positive at a pharmacy to receive antiviral pills on the spot at no cost.
“We have lost so much to COVID-19. Time with one another. And worst of all, much loss of life. Let’s use this moment to reset, stop looking at COVID-19 as a partisan dividing line,” Biden said. “See it for what it is: A God-awful disease. Let’s stop seeing each other as enemies, and start seeing each other for who we are: Fellow Americans.”
Biden also said that it’s time to end the shutdown of schools and businesses.
“Most Americans can remove their masks and stay in the classroom and move forward safely,” Biden said. “We achieved this because we provided free vaccines, treatments, tests, and masks.”
Those remarks drew a reaction from Travis, who said that Biden’s “anti-science” rhetoric of the past year has contributed to the divisiveness of COVID-19.
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