Biden Believes Wearing A Mask Is A “Patriotic Duty.” Many Americans Are Wondering If He Feels It’s His Duty To Shut Down The Economy.

President-elect Joe Biden speaks to reporters as he leaves The Queen theater, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Joe Biden is not happy that President Trump has yet to concede the 2020 Presidential election to him yet, calling it “totally irresponsible: and also sending an “incredibly damaging message” to the rest of the world. 

He also said Thursday that he knows who he will nominate for Treasury secretary position in his cabinet, with an announcement coming around Thanksgiving time. Will it be Elizabeth Warren, from the extreme far left wing of the Democratic party or a more moderate Dem? Biden didn’t say, but he made it sound like it would satisfy old-school members of the party as well as the upstart socialist side. 

Now, on to some of the other big issues the Democratic nominee addressed on Thursday, specifically his plans on shutting down the country, which he said during the campaign that he most certainly would do if COVID numbers reached a particular target.  “I am not going to shut down the economy. Period. I’m going to shut down the virus. That’s what I’m going to shut down. I’ll say it again – no national shutdown. No national shutdown.” He added that shutting down the economy “would be counterproductive.”

It’s unclear if Biden was trying to take credit for the COVID vaccines that would soon be rolled out from President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed campaign to bring a vaccine to market quickly, or some other plan he has to halt the pandemic. Biden did bring up the idea of the “implementation of a national mask mandate” saying it was discussed with his team. He referred to wearing a mask as not a political statement, but “a patriotic duty.”

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