Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday night issued a scathing rebuke of the Democrats’ COVID-19 policy, which he said allowed “wealthy celebrities” to have a “big no-mask party” on Sunday’s Super Bowl while children still forced to wear masks to school. .
The Kentucky MP also lashed out at the Democratic-led states that recently abolished mask mandates despite pushing for them earlier this month, saying “the only science that has changed in the past two weeks is political science.”
He accused left-wing officials of putting the interests of children and families ahead of those of the super-wealthy elite after New Jersey, New York, California, Connecticut, Oregon and Delaware announced they were canceling their mask mandates last week.
McConnell disagreed with the governors of New York and California, in particular with the rules for removing masks in public places, but not in public schools.
“While Democratic Party leaders are rushing to finally follow the science and end burdensome adult responsibilities, in many places, American children are still being left behind,” McConnell said.
“States such as New York and California are lifting restrictions for adults but have not yet set an end date or ban on masks in K-12 schools. It’s completely backward.”
He said the “double standards” were on full display over the weekend, when glamorous celebrities and wealthy football fans who could afford a spot in the Super Bowl watched the Rams and Bengals face off at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.
The Kentucky Republican delivered a scathing rebuke to the Democrats’ COVID health policy in the Senate floor on Monday night.
Among the many photos from the crowded event, one could hardly see the mask.
But the next day, McConnell noted, school-age children wore face masks to sit in class with their peers.
California maintains mandatory indoor mask use for schools until at least February 28, state health officials said the day after the Super Bowl. However, they also made it clear that there is a strong possibility that it will be dropped in March.
“Americans watching the Super Bowl saw wealthy celebrities having a great time without a mask,” McConnell said.
“But according to Democratic policy, first graders who watched a big party last night without masks had to wake up this morning and cover their faces to go to school.”
COVID cases in California have dropped by 65 percent over the past few weeks. Over the past week, the number of cases across the country has decreased by 43 percent.
The U.S. reported an estimated 34,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, a sharp drop from the 434,000 cases reported in just one day last month, Jan. 15. There have been 406 virus-related deaths across the country as the country grapples with the tail. the end of the coronavirus wave fueled by the Omicron variant.
The most recent mutation caused logistical havoc with its rapid spread, but resulted in fewer hospitalizations and deaths than the comparatively more severe Delta strain.
It was with this data that McConnell accused the Democrats of suddenly starting to work now, after a slew of recent polls showed that the American public was getting tired of pandemic restrictions as the midterm elections approached.
He said Americans witnessed celebrities having a “big no-mask party” on Super Bowl Sunday.
McConnell observed that celebrities and football fans are having a “great time” at the event, barely seeing the mask.
He also noted that children are hospitalized with COVID less often than adults.
“The only data that has changed in the last two weeks is the polling data for Democrats,” McConnell said.
The Republican senator concluded his scathing speech by stating that Democrats had allowed politics and special interests to “deeply ruin” children’s lives, and presented the Republican Party as the “party of parents.”
“For two years now, the Democratic Party has allowed some of the most powerful special interests in our country to deeply, deeply destroy the lives of children. The political left put children last. This is simply unacceptable,” he said.
“American families deserve normality. They deserve it right now and this side of the aisle, the parent group, has their back.”
There is increased pressure on the Biden administration to update federal COVID-19 guidelines as the Democratic president’s allies continue to press ahead with lifting restrictions in blue states that have faced some of the most stringent public health demands during the pandemic.
The number of new COVID cases per day has dropped sharply over the past month
The White House defended its relatively slow response by referring the matter to senior health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), among others.
Reports last week indicated that President Joe Biden is currently seeking public health data on how to move into the next phase of the pandemic, which is more like normal life but is still gearing up for a potential option down the road.
But the CDC has so far been hesitant to revise the guidance. The agency continues to recommend the wearing of masks to all children in schools and continues to require wearing on planes and trains.
“Our hospitalizations are still high, our death rates are still high. So while we’re working on that and encouraged by current trends, we’re not there yet,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at a White House Covid team press conference on Wednesday.
“We owe it to our children to make sure they can stay safely in school. Right now, that includes disguise. We have seen outbreaks that have occurred in communities where students did not wear masks in schools and were forced to close.”