UPDATED 8:15 PM PT – Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves (R) refuted Democrat attacks on his decision to ditch face masks and fully reopen his state.
“Well, the people of Mississippi are very excited with the decisions that I have made,” Reeves stated. “And honestly when [Joe] Biden called all of us that live in Middle America ‘Neanderthals,’ it really reminded me of the day that Hillary Clinton called all of us that live in Middle America ‘deplorables.’”
President Biden said allowing Mississippians to decide how to protect themselves is “neanderthal thinking.”
Mississippians don’t need handlers. As numbers drop, they can assess their choices and listen to experts. I guess I just think we should trust Americans, not insult them.
— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) March 3, 2021Reeves said it’s not up to Joe Biden or anyone in Washington to decide how individual states should handle coronavirus lockdowns. He added the state of Mississippi trusts its citizens to keep themselves safe, not Biden, who is only capable of insulting hard-working Americans.
Executive orders that interfered with peoples’ lives were the worst, but the only possible, intervention for much of the last year. Now, we are putting our focus towards rapid vaccine distribution. We are getting out of the business of telling people what they can and cannot do.
— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) March 2, 2021“If we go into crowds and have not been vaccinated… we can still wear a mask, we don’t need the government to tell us what we can and cannot do,” Reeves noted. “Our total transmission in Mississippi today is 40% below the national average on a per capita basis. So…when you’re managing the pandemic, it makes sense to back off the few restrictions we had in place.”
Starting tomorrow, we are lifting all of our county mask mandates and businesses will be able to operate at full capacity without any state-imposed rules. Our hospitalizations and case numbers have plummeted, and the vaccine is being rapidly distributed. It is time!
— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) March 2, 2021Reeves added his state has advanced COVID-19 vaccinations at a faster pace than many other states, which has resulted in decreased infections by the day.
Original Story: Miss. Gov. Reeves: Biden can only insult Americans, not manage COVID