Oh, I don’t know — maybe they haven’t because they all but mandated against mask-wearing for weeks? Or could it be that neither the CDC nor the president have the authority to issue a “mandate” in the first place? Nancy Pelosi doesn’t answer either of those issues, but she went on a campaign yesterday to lay the blame for mask-wearing defiance at the feet of both Donald Trump and the CDC.
Pelosi might have a case on the latter, but it’s not the one she made on ABC’s This Week. Pelosi, complete with mask at her neck, said the CDC only issued a “recommendation” for mask wearing because a mandate would have offended Trump:
JUST IN: @GStephanopoulos: “Is it time to mandate the wearing of masks across the country?”
“Definitely long overdue for that,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi says, adding that the CDC recommended use of masks but did not mandate it as to “not offend" Pres. Trump. https://t.co/y2qk2iXUsd pic.twitter.com/GTJ8UUieKm
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) June 28, 2020