Biden masked when meeting Black Louisiana Ida victims, ditches it among White Delaware workers
President Joe Biden was seen wearing a mask while visiting African-Americans in Louisiana following the devastation by Hurricane Ida, but ditching the face-covering in Delaware, while celebrating Labor Day with union workers. The discrepancy in his usage of mask amid the coronavirus pandemic was noticed by radio host and podcaster Derek Hunter, who took to Twitter to point out the glaring difference.
“Why does Biden wear a mask around black people in Louisiana, but not white union guys in Delaware?” the radio show host asked on Twitter, alongside a video collage tweeted by the POTUS himself of his meet and greet with Black residents in Louisiana. Hunter's tweet received a ton of remarks and reactions as people spoke out about how odd it looked.
Why does Biden wear a mask around black people in Louisiana, but not white union guys in Delaware? https://t.co/PTFeHGjIvt— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) September 7, 2021
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"The more I think about this, the worse it is. There is NO other explanation," one of them said, while another remarked, "Something to do with Corn Pop." One more quipped, "Racism." The next commented, "The guy in Delaware was his stand-in." One more noted, "He is worried some may recognize him as the white guy behind the 94' crime bill that sent so many Minority folks to prison." A commenter tweeted, "Because he’s a sophisticated racist?" A person reacted with, "Have to know your audience... The folks in Delaware don't give a sht about a mask. The folks in Louisiana do."
The more I think about this, the worse it is. There is NO other explanation.— Leigh Allen (@rlyoungs) September 7, 2021
Something to do with Corn Pop.— Kevin O'Brien (@kobrien_scribe) September 7, 2021
Racism— J.D. (@Williams_J_D) September 7, 2021
The guy in Delaware was his stand-in— HAIL TO THE VICTORS! (@14ersRock) September 7, 2021
He is worried some may recognize him as the white guy behind the 94' crime bill that sent so many Minority folks to prison.— Reemjet63 (@reemjet63) September 7, 2021
Because he’s a sophisticated racist? pic.twitter.com/MqYRvN0633— TheMrChilly (@mikebruce23) September 7, 2021
have to know your audience... The folks in Delaware don't give a sht about a mask. The folks in Louisiana do.— 2021_Richard (@richardhead2021) September 7, 2021
Biden in Louisiana
On Friday, the president toured storm-affected Louisiana as he shook hands with and hugged Black people while he wore a black mask. He also carried a “cheat sheet” which featured names and photographs of local officials along with talking points. This prompted Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe to comment, “Can Joe Biden do anything without a cheat sheet? He couldn’t give a speech on Afghanistan after 5 PM. It’s abundantly clear he’s not operating on full cylinders. He should be in retirement, not leading a country. It’s time we start talking about it more. Everyone sees it.”
Tune in as I deliver remarks on our response to Hurricane Ida from LaPlace, Louisiana. https://t.co/UAzpgKhchH— President Biden (@POTUS) September 3, 2021
During a briefing with Louisiana officials, Biden proclaimed, “My message today is, I think what we’re all seeing — and I’m getting the same response from my Republican friends here that are in the Congress — is there’s nothing political about this. This is simply about saving lives, getting people back up and running. And we’re in this together. I promise we’re gonna have your back until this thing gets done. And so, I’m mainly here to listen to see what’s on your mind."
After he surveyed the hurricane damage including uprooted trees and downed power lines, Biden pressed Congress to approve the Democrats’ massively expensive infrastructure bills. “I walk through the backyards here — so many telephone lines are down, so many telephone poles are down, so many of the — of the way in which we transmit energy is lost because of the old wooden telephone pole,” Biden noted. “We know for a fact if they’re underground they are secure. It costs more money. We’ve got to not just build back to what it was with the same old poles up. We got to build back better. We got to build back more resiliently,” he said touting his signature agenda.
Biden in Delaware
President Joe Biden celebrated Labor Day with union workers in New Castle, Delaware pic.twitter.com/sTTxN53cGP— Reuters (@Reuters) September 7, 2021
On Monday, Biden made an unscheduled stop to visit with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 313 in New Castle, Delaware to celebrate Labor Day with union workers. He delivered sandwiches and took selfies with workers. He also hugged and high-fived his comrades, all the while donning jeans and a working shirt without wearing a mask.
He even spoke on the phone with a union member’s mother, telling her, “I’m with your son. Mom, I wish you were here. I just stopped by to thank these guys. Happy Labor Day.” Before mingling with the union workers, he put boxes of sandwiches on a table alongside other food. The workers applauded and thanked him for standing by unions.