President Biden’s mask tweet has got everyone talking. What did he say? And how is everyone reacting? Let’s find out.
On Thursday (May 13th), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that people in the United States who have had the Covid-19 vaccine will no longer have to wear a mask.
Speaking at the Rose Garden, Joe Biden said: “Today is a great day for America. If you are fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask. Get vaccinated – or wear a mask until you do.”
Just in case people didn’t hear the news, the President also decided to tweet out a statement too, and it’s had a lot of backlash on Twitter.
Biden’s mask tweet goes viral on Twitter
On Thursday, Biden took to Twitter to announce the CDC’s new guidelines on mask wearing as the United States enters the final stages of the coronavirus pandemic.
“The rule is now simple: get vaccinated or wear a mask until you do. The choice is yours,” he wrote.
The tweet has already been retweeted 54,000 times, had 56,000 replies, and it’s had a lot of criticism.
Twitter users react to Biden’s mask tweet
Biden’s mask tweet has caused quite a stir on social media as people criticise his attempt to ‘threaten’ and ‘control’ people.
One person wrote: “Biden should be banned from Twitter for threatening people with the vax or mask tweet.”
Another claimed that Biden was now ‘shaming’ people who are wearing masks as it proves that they have not had the vaccine.
Others thought that the tone of his tweet was far too ‘forceful’, and he’s even being branded a ‘dictator’.
One Twitter user from Switzerland said: “Is that the usual tone a president should address the citizens? I’m so happy to live in Switzerland. We have a small, but efficient and utterly unpretentious administration. And we have direct democracy. Politicians *serve*, they don’t *rule*.”
“Biden really giving me dictator vibes with that little mask tweet of his,”