- Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn defended Neanderthals after Biden announced that certain states’ decisions to cancel the mask directive were “Neanderthal minds.”
- Blackburn said: “Neanderthals are hunter-gatherers, they are protectors of the family, they are resilient, they have sufficient resources, and they tend to live their own lives.”
- Legislators and the public mocked Blackburn and pointed out that Neanderthals were extinct.
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Tennessee Republican Senator Martha Blackburn defended the Neanderthals after President Biden criticized Texas and Mississippi for canceling the mask mission and called the decision “Neanderthal thinking.”
Biden told reporters on Wednesday: “I hope everyone now realizes that these masks will make a difference.” “The last thing we need is that Neanderthals think everything is fine at the same time, take you off. The mask, forget it. This is still important.”
In an interview with Fox Business Magazine on Thursday morning, Blackburn hinted that Neanderthals were actually a good thing.
The Republican Senator of Nepal said: “Neanderthals are hunters, they are protectors of the family, they are resilient, resourceful, and they tend to live their own lives.” “So, I think Joe Biden needs to reconsider him. What are you talking about.”
Soon after her comment, other lawmakers and the public ridiculed Blackburn and pointed out that given the extinction of Neanderthals, her use of the present tense was incorrect.
Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 4, 2021
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-Susan J.Demas🏔 (@sjdemas) March 4, 2021
-Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) March 4, 2021
The President emphasized on Wednesday that it is “critical” for officials to “follow science.”
He told reporters: “Wash your hands-hot water, do it often-wear a mask, and keep your distance from society. “I know you all know this. I think some of our elected officials know this. “
As the country continues to see new cases and declines in hospitalizations, states across the country have begun to relax restrictions on COVID-19. Biden also announced earlier this week that Johnson & Johnson will cooperate with rival pharmaceutical giant Merck to expand Johnson & Johnson vaccine production.
Biden said that because of this partnership, the United States is expected to provide enough vaccine doses for every American adult by the end of May.
Biden added that he hopes the country will return to normal “at this time next year”. But he emphasized that Americans need to “continue to be shrewd” following the COVID-19 guidelines.