(PatriotWise.com)- It isn’t just “Trumpkins” who are sick of wearing masks. At Tuesday’s press briefing, Press Secretary Jen Psaki admitted she too is “tired of wearing a mask.”
But the remark had too much of a “believe me, this hurts me more than it hurts you” feel to it.
“Our objective is to ensure that the American people have confidence in the fact that we’re not making political decisions,” Psaki explained, “that we are leaning into the advice and counsel of medical experts.”
If the objective is to ensure confidence, the White House isn’t doing a particularly good job. And the primary culprit for confusing the situation is often the President himself.
Despite the CDC lifting the guideline for outdoor masking of vaccinated people, President Biden continues to wear a mask outside.
Last week, a photo released by the Carter Foundation showed a maskless President and Mrs. Biden posing with former President Carter and his wife inside their home.
After going maskless while inside with the Carters, when the President and First Lady emerged from the Carters’ house, both were wearing masks as they stepped outside to greet the waiting news media.
With this level of mixed messaging, is it any wonder Americans are growing frustrated?
The lack of confidence Psaki hopes to tamp down seems entirely self-inflicted on the part of the Administration.
Psaki also said that following CDC guidelines is a matter of principle. But the CDC doesn’t exactly have a winning track record.
On Monday, it was reported in the New York Times that the CDC greatly exaggerated the risk of outdoor transmission for COVID. The CDC claimed that there was roughly a 10% chance of contracted COVID-19 outdoors when in reality, the transmission rate is less than one percent.
Dr. Muge Cevik the top infections disease doctor from Scotland’s University of St. Andrews told the NY Times that the CDC saying less than 10% of COVID transmission occurs outdoors “is akin to saying that sharks attack fewer than 20,000 swimmers a year” when the actual worldwide number of shark attacks is around 150.
“It’s both true and deceiving,” Cevik explained.
This news prompted Maine Senator Susan Collins to accuse the CDC of using faulty data to determine its guidelines.
In a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Collins confronted CDC Director Rochelle Walensky about the faulty data saying, “It matters because it undermines public confidence in your recommendations, in the recommendations that do make sense.”