‘Next superspreader event?’ Americans fret over slipping masks & lack of social distancing at Biden inauguration
Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony on Wednesday was a low-key affair. With the National Mall closed to crowds, ostensibly given the threat of Covid-19, and the Capitol sealed off from the public behind 25,000 troops and a security fence, only a select few officials, dignitaries, press and guests were present to see Biden take the oath of office.Also on rt.com Get ready for four years of vomit-inducing media fawning as our ‘brave’ journalists transform into PR agents for President Biden
Masks were worn by all, but some keen-eyed observers soon spotted noses poking out, and guests mingling in close proximity to each other.
Not much social distancing going on at the inauguration....hugs, kisses, handshakes .....it’s got covid superspreader written all over it !! 🦠— Andy LUFC Bingham (@AndyLUFCBingham) January 20, 2021
Whilst the inauguration fills me with joy, I am so stressed watching the lack of social distancing.— Grace Kingsbury (@grace_research) January 20, 2021
I really hope there’s been a testing regime for the guests on that podium otherwise it’s a superspreader event. 😱— Shelagh Fogarty 💙 (@ShelaghFogarty) January 20, 2021
Former President Bill Clinton was among the more prominent nose-exposers. Famed for exposing more than his nose, commenters joked that they weren’t surprised old Bill would let it “hang out a little.”
Does it surprise me that Bill Clinton can't keep his nose in his mask? No.— Emily Coleman (@editoremilye) January 20, 2021
However, some die-hard Biden supporters, seemingly watching a different event, praised the non-existent social distancing on show.
Not sure what you are seeing.. but i see no social distancing where all the former Presidents and staffs are. I'm guessing they all tested negative before.— Andrew Hernandez (@watandrewh) January 20, 2021
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have consistently advised Americans to avoid crowds and stay six feet from one another since the pandemic broke out, the media and politicians have been more discriminatory in the gatherings they’ve labeled “super spreader” events.
President Trump’s rallies were an obvious culprit, as were gatherings of his supporters – like the Sturgis motorcycle rally in September. Yet ‘Black Lives Matter’ marches and riots, which spread across the entire country after the death of George Floyd in May, were given a pass. Some even claimed that the protests helped slow the spread of Covid-19.Also on rt.com ‘Safe’ v. ‘unsafe’ gatherings? In Dems’ Covid HYPOCRISY land, it all depends on whether the event will help get Joe Biden elected
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