Biden would have Americans wear masks for 100 days if he becomes president
According to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, if he wins the election, he would start his presidency by asking Americans to wear masks for 100 days.
“On the first day I’m inaugurated, I’m going to ask the public for 100 days to mask. Just 100 days to mask—not forever, just 100 days,” the Democratic presidential hopeful said in an interview with CNN.
“Just 100 days to mask, not forever. One hundred days. And I think we’ll see a significant reduction,” he added.
First 100 days of a presidency are important
The first 100 days of a presidency are important as this is when presidents usually signal what issues are important to them. For Biden, he views the situation as similar to 1933, when Franklin D. Roosevelt was reelected and faced the Great Depression.
When FDR was elected, he told the nation in his first inaugural address that “”the only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.” With this, he steeled a demoralized citizenry to hold firm amid a banking crisis that threatened to destroy an already battered economy.
“There was a fundamental change, not only taking place here in the United States, but around the world,” Biden said. “We’re in the middle of this fourth industrial revolution.”
In his interview, Biden is comparing the circumstances of the Great Depression with the current COVID-19 pandemic, portraying the latter as the most extreme domestic circumstance facing a president at the start of his term since Roosevelt.
But that wasn’t always the case. The U.S. economy was on a high for most of President Donald Trump’s term, only beginning to freefall earlier this year when states across the name implemented week- or even months-long lockdowns in a bid to slow the pandemic.
Trump eventually urged states to open back up, highlighting the secondary effects of these lockdowns such as job losses, failing grades for many students and even suicides.