Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMan sentenced to nearly four years for running scam Trump, Biden PACs Dole in final column: 'Too many of us have sacrificed too much' Meadows says Trump's blood oxygen level was dangerously low when he had COVID-19 MORE on Wednesday hit President TrumpDonald TrumpMan sentenced to nearly four years for running scam Trump, Biden PACs Meadows says Trump's blood oxygen level was dangerously low when he had COVID-19 Trump endorses David Perdue in Georgia's governor race 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."
Joe Biden criticizes President Trump for not wearing a mask in public: “I wish he would stop talking and let the scientists speak. I don’t walk out of this house without a mask on.” https://t.co/JiSvyz8zmQ pic.twitter.com/p5nmtK463Y— ABC News (@ABC) April 15, 2020
Biden and his wife Jill posed for a photo wearing face masks in their backyard last weekend to mark the Easter holiday.
JOE BIDEN WEARING FACE MASK IN EASTER PHOTO-STILL SUN0146-Former VP Joe Biden and his wife Jill posed for an Easter Sunday photo in their backyard in Wilmington DE. The presumptive Democratic nominee for president is wearing a lowered face mask as they pose with their dogs. pic.twitter.com/drMOiclQYz— CBS Newspath (@cbsnewspath) April 13, 2020
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 CuomoBatya Ungar-Sargon discusses Cuomo brothers' delayed downfall Cuomo quits radio show to 'focus on what comes next' Cuomo's firing from CNN came amid allegation of sexual misconduct: report 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.