ABC political director and analyst Rick Klein called on the Biden administration for what he called a “mixed message” in the wake of the president’s new COVID-19 guidelines, which Klein said was a ” looking back ”on the president’s comments a few weeks earlier.
President Biden announced last week that federal workers would be mandated to get vaccinated or have weekly tests, wear masks and practice social distancing. His remarks follow the announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, citing concerns about the new delta variant, which is said to be more transmissible than other variants, urging fully vaccinated people in parts of the country with a “high” or “substantial” transmission of COVID-19 to mask itself again indoors.
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Klein argued that at this point, the White House’s “reservoir of goodwill” has dried up. And it couldn’t come at a worse time, he suggested, as it is a time when the country seeks “national unity.”
“You can blame the virus for being confusing and adapting,” Klein said on Sunday. “But at this point you don’t have a pool of goodwill that the Biden administration was able to build because there has been conflicting information, conflicting advice, science has changed. We do not know in which area we live in or what will be the mandate for indoors versus outdoors, vaccinated, unvaccinated. ”
It wasn’t until May that Biden announced that fully vaccinated people would “no longer” need to wear masks. When Fox News’ Peter Doocy confronted Biden on the apparent seesaw, Biden insisted his statement “was true at the time.”
“They want their lives back,” Klein said of Americans. “And Joe Biden told us just a few weeks ago, told the American people, that we were about to take back our lives. Now we see this flashback. We are seeing his advice adapt. And it is confusing. “
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The public display of Klein’s disappointment in the White House surprised some conservative commentators.
“Dear Democrats, when you lost Rick Klein…” observed Conservative columnist Mike LaChance.
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Klein isn’t the only public figure to have called the CDC’s new guidelines confusing and unnecessary.
“The CDC has released new mask guidelines now, which is so confusing,” comedian Bill Maher said on his HBO show Friday. “Inside, outside, vaccinated, unvaccinated, masked, unmasked. “
“So now we go back to wearing the mask from the front of the restaurant until the waiter brings the breadsticks,” he added. “It’s called science, folks! Sometimes I think we have to cover our faces so that others can cover their a-. “
Several left-wing media experts also criticized the CDC for its “confusing message” on masks.
“I think the advice is good, but I think their messages are horrible,” CNN medical analyst Dr Jonathan Reiner noted.