Joe Biden said Monday he wants governors to lock down their states to fight the coronavirus and questioned the patriotism of those who don’t.
Biden said he has “enormous respect” for “conservative” Republican governors who have “stepped up and issued mandates for wearing masks.”
The Democrat presidential candidate went on to praise Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), and criticized an unnamed Trump adviser who supposedly recommended governors “resist” Biden’s demands.
“What the hell is the matter with these guys? What is the matter with them?” Biden said, adding:
Every major individual of any consequence in the health field is saying we can save 100,000 lives just between now and January 21 by wearing masks. It’s going to take a while for the vaccine to be able to be available, distributed and get to people. We’re talking about 350,000 to 400,000 people dying.