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During the presidential campaign, Joe Biden promised, “I’m going to end” the COVID-19 pandemic in America.
Instead, he is now insisting kids wear masks in schools, as the positive test results have been back on the rise since he took office, even though vaccines are readily available and mask-wearing has continued all across the land.
So now that Biden has failed in his coronavirus proclamation, he is trying to pass the buck, threatening legal action against state leaders who oppose universal masking in schools.
“We’re not going to sit by as governors try to block and intimidate educators protecting our children,” he said.
(As an aside, the Biden administration is apparently willing to sit by as the Taliban takes over Afghanistan.)
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds doesn’t want to hear it.
“I’m doing my job,” she told reporters. “He needs to do his job.”
Reynolds also accused Biden of “kowtowing to the teacher’s union,” saying he instead should be placing his focus on getting Americans safely out of Afghanistan and addressing a multitude of immigration issues.
In other words, masking students shouldn’t be real high on his to-do list, given the state of everything else. Besides, Reynolds added, Iowans have actually been pleased with the fact she has been critical of the CDC’s ramped up masking guidelines and that she has refused to be bullied into enforcing them.
“Come walk the fairgrounds with me for just a day, and I want you to see the number of moms and dads and teachers and children — they literally have tears in their eyes — when they come up to me and say, ‘Thank you. Thank you for getting my kids back in school. Thank you for not masking them up,'” Reynolds said.
The pushback from Reynolds came after she received a letter from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona.
It stated that Iowa is “at odds” with the Department of Education’s plans for trying to mandate masks for kids as the new school year begins.
“The department offered to partner with Iowa ‘to further our shared goals’ of protecting students and educators,” part of the letter read, according to Ian Richardson and Samantha Hernandez of the Des Moines Register.