(PoliticalLookout.com)- Vice President Mike Pence made it clear that neither he nor the Trump administration support implementing a national mask wearing mandate. In a discussion with Breitbart News, the vice president said on Friday that he doesn’t back the push by Democrats to mandate the wearing of masks on a national basis.
“We don’t support a national mandate,” Pence said on Friday.
Pence, no matter what the Democrats might claim about him, isn’t against the wearing of masks. The vice president has been seen on many occasions wearing a mask, as it is understood to have at least some ability to reduce the spread of the Chinee coronavirus. That doesn’t mean, however, that Pence is supportive of requiring Americans to cover their face under threat of being arrested or fined.
Pence told Breitbart that he disagreed with pushes by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and even presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Biden, if you didn’t know, has already committed to using his authority as president to force the entire country to wear masks whether they like it or not.
“From the moment the president stood up to FEMA to coordinate our national response, we’ve taken the approach that our response to the coronavirus pandemic is federally supported, state-managed, and locally executed,” Pence explained. “That federalism model is why we have been able to meet this moment, and it’s going to continue to guide our approach. Had we taken a one-size-fits-all approach from the beginning, we would have been in a very different place.”
Pence also talked about how the White House Coronavirus Task Force has empowered the states individually since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak.
“The reason we’ve been able to deal with this pandemic, the reason we were able to respond first in the Northwest, then in New York, New Jersey, were the epicenter of the pandemic, then New Orleans, then Detroit, now the Sun Belt, is because we focused resources and supported mitigation that’s appropriate for the areas that have been impacted,” he added.
President Trump and Vice President Pence have long been advocates of states being able to decide their own destiny, so the idea of nationally mandating the use of masks would go against their promise from the start. It stands in stark contrast to the Democrats who would force people to cover their faces whenever they leave their home for an indefinite period of time.
When would that federal overreach end?