A third GOP governor has now responded to the insult tossed out by President Joe Biden toward the governors of both Texas and Mississippi after they both decided to throw away mask mandates and open businesses to full capacity.
What was the insult? Biden called them “Neanderthal thinkers.”
“If making data-driven decisions to reopen, loving freedom, and trying to get back to normal is what a Neanderthal would do, then well, I guess you can count me as one,” Republican Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte posted up on Twitter.
If making data-driven decisions to reopen, loving freedom, and trying to get back to normal is what a Neanderthal would do, then well, I guess you can count me as one. https://t.co/TYmjMuoR8Y
— Governor Greg Gianforte (@GovGianforte) March 4, 2021
“I think it’s a big mistake,” Biden said in a response to a question about the two states. He later added, “The last thing, the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the mean time everything’s fine, take off your mask,” Biden continued. “Forget it. It’s still matters. … And it’s critical, critical, critical, critical that they follow the science. Wash your hands, hot water, do it frequently. Wear a mask and stay socially distance. And I know you all know that, I wish the heck some of our elected officials knew it.”
Republican Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves was the first to respond to Biden’s remark, writing on Twitter: “President Biden said allowing Mississippians to decide how to protect themselves is ‘Neanderthal thinking.’”
“Mississippians don’t need handlers,” Reeves said. “As numbers drop, they can assess their choices and listen to experts. I guess I just think we should trust Americans, not insult them.”
Renae Eze, the current press secretary for Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott, replied to Biden’s comments.
“The Governor was clear in telling Texans that COVID hasn’t ended, and that all Texans should follow medical advice and safe practices to continue containing COVID,” Abbott’s office went on to say. “The fact is, Texas now has the tools and knowledge to combat COVID while also allowing Texans and small businesses to make their own decisions.”
I thought Biden was going to be the one to unite us all? What happened to all of that talk? I’m pretty sure calling people Neanderthals is the exact opposite of trying to get people united together.
That whole schtick was pretty short lived.