Biden hits Trump over decision not to wear face mask

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Olympics, climate on the agenda for Biden meeting with Japanese PM Boehner on Afghanistan: 'It's time to pull out the troops' MORE on Wednesday hit President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Illinois House passes bill that would mandate Asian-American history lessons in schools Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he MORE over his decision to forego wearing a mask amid the coronavirus pandemic, telling voters during a town hall event that he does not step outside without a mask.

"I wish he would stop talking and let the scientists speak," Biden said speaking from his at-home television studio in Wilmington, Del. "I don't walk out of this house without a mask on. I don't walk out in my yard to talk to the Secret Service without a mask on. It's critical."

"When I get off this [video town hall], I'm picking up a mask on the table there because there are people running this TV apparatus down here," he continued. "We have an obligation. We have an obligation to be responsible. It's a little like saying you have a right to drive your automobile, but you can't go 90 miles an hour. Well guess what, why can't you go? Because people get killed." 


Biden and his wife Jill posed for a photo wearing face masks in their backyard last weekend to mark the Easter holiday.


Trump announced earlier this month that his administration would recommend Americans wear homemade masks or face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but added the recommendation was voluntary. 

“You can do it. You don't have to do it. I'm choosing not to do it, but some people may want to do it, and that's OK,” Trump said. 

A number of states have taken the step of mandating that people wear masks while out in public, in grocery stores or in other situations. 


New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoNew York Philharmonic gives first public performance in more than a year Ron Kim on nursing home immunity repeal: It was critical 'to hold these facilities accountable' NY Democratic chair blasts primary challenge against Maloney MORE (D) said on Wednesday he will issue an executive order requiring people in the state to wear some kind of face covering when out in public. In Rhode Island, Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) signed an executive order mandating that business employees wear masks. 

Biden's comments come after conservative protesters in Michigan descended on Michigan's state Capitol on Wednesday to protest Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) stay-at-home order amid the pandemic. 

"Those people should get off of their state capital's lawn. Look at the states that haven't locked down. Look what's happening to them. More people are dying. More people are getting sick," Biden said.