White House, Capitol Drop Mask Mandate Just In Time For Biden’s State Of The Union

Press secretary Jen Psaki says the White House is lifting the mask mandate for vaccinated people on Tuesday, the same day President Biden is scheduled to give his first State of the Union address.

“Effective tomorrow, Tuesday, March 1, we are lifting the requirement that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks on the White House campus,” a memo to White House staff reads, according to the New York Times.

“Some individuals will choose to continue to wear masks to protect themselves. We must respect these choices,” it adds.

Huh, imagine that – being given a choice.

Psaki insists the timing is simply a coincidence.

“It had nothing to do with the timing around the State of the Union,” she told reporters.

The announcement comes just a few days after the Capitol – site of the State of the Union – dropped their mask mandate.

RELATED: Mitt Romney Blames ‘America First,’ Jabs Trump, Obama In Statement On Russia Invasion Of Ukraine

White House Ditches Mask Mandate Because of the ‘Science’

The White House announcement ditching the mask mandate comes just weeks after Brian Stryker, a partner at Impact Research, a Democratic polling firm, notes that even their party’s voters want to move on from pandemic restrictions.

“Democratic voters have run out of empathy for unvaccinated people dying of COVID,” said Stryker. “They are ready to live their lives.”

An ABC News report reveals that Stryker believes Democrats need to stop talking about the pandemic and move forward.

“If Democrats can stop talking about COVID every day, treat it like the long-term problem it is and start talking about more immediate concerns of voters, the better they will do in the midterms,” he said.

ABC notes that several Democrat governors have dropped mask mandates and have privately urged the White House to provide Americans with a light at the end of the COVID tunnel “in Biden’s upcoming national address.”

In a separate report, ABC notes that “…Congress is lifting its mask requirement on the House floor after federal regulators eased guidelines last week in a rethinking of the nation’s strategy to adapt to living with a more manageable COVID-19.”

But announcing the end to the mask mandate on the same day as that address is totally coincidental, according to the White House.

RELATED: Pollster To Democrat Candidates In 2022: ‘We Have A Problem,’ Could Lose ‘A Ton Of Races’

Midterm Troubles

As for living with COVID, a new Axios/Ipsos poll shows two-thirds of Americans do not believe it’s possible for the U.S. to eradicate the coronavirus within the next year.

This narrative shift comes amid tanking polling numbers for the President, studies strongly suggesting lockdowns didn’t work, and a looming red wave in the 2022 midterms.

A cynic might say that that’s the real motivation behind the shift. 

Stryker’s poll warnings have prompted Democrats’ concerns in the past. His firm late last year found the party was experiencing numerous issues with messaging and branding.

He warned Democrats that “we have a problem” heading into the midterms.

Being the party of COVID lockdowns and masked children likely doesn’t help. That’s why the President will be making his State of the Union address in a room full of people not wearing masks, or at least having the choice whether or not to do so.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance writer focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been following and analyzing the political climate for several years, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, FoxNews.com and more.

Recent Posts

The Truth Behind California Leftism

By Roger L. Simon for the Epoch Times I don’t agree with everything the journalist…

26 mins ago

‘We The People’ Need To Stand Up For Our Nation

By Jack Miller for RealClearPolicy Our Constitution begins, “We the People, of the United States.”…

44 mins ago

Kamala Harris: White House Considering ‘Travel Vouchers’ For Women To Get Abortions

Vice President Kamala Harris says the White House is considering payments to women seeking abortions…

1 hour ago

Massive Gains In GOP Voter Registration Is More Bad 2022 News For Democrats

There appears to be even more bad news looming on the horizon for Democrats this…

18 hours ago

Democrat Rep. Speier Wants States Banning Abortions To Force ‘Impregnator’ To Pay $350,000 ‘Bond’

Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA), in an interview with CNN's Jim Acosta, condemned the Supreme Court's…

20 hours ago

Colorado Pregnancy Center Set On Fire, Vandalized Hours After Roe v. Wade Decision

A pregnancy center in Longmont, Colorado was vandalized with spray paint and set on fire…

21 hours ago