Joe Biden stated that he thinks he has the legal authority to mandate mask-wearing nationwide, marking a change in tone from earlier this month, when he acknowledged that the Constitution may prevent the president from going that far.
“There’s a question — I think it can be answered in the positive — a question whether I can mandate over state lines that every single state has to comply. Our legal team thinks I can do that based upon the degree to which there is a crisis in those states and how bad things are for the country,” the Democratic presidential nominee said in a press briefing on the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday. “I’d make the case why it’s necessary.”
“I’d have the scientists array — to lay out and detail why, and I would go to every governor,” Biden continued, “and I’d say, ‘We have to have this national mandate.’ We must do it. And at a