2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden admitted Monday that his proposal to implement a national mask mandate is unconstitutional.
Biden has called for a federal mandate time and again throughout the election and often points out how such an action was a prime example of how he would handle the COVID-19 pandemic differently than President Trump.
Biden has repeatedly said Trump “failed to act,” but also admitted to CBS 5 in Arizona, “There’s a constitutional issue whether the federal government can issue such a mandate.”
Biden added, “I don’t think constitutionally they could, so I wouldn’t issue a mandate.”
Last week Biden denied that he ever wanted such a mandate and insisted he was a “constitutionalist.”
The former vice president said he would ask state and local authorities to impose a mask mandate.
“I’m a constitutionalist,” Biden said. “You can’t do things the Constitution does not allow you the power to do.”
But during the Democratic National Convention, a national mask mandate was called for by Biden.
“We’ll have a national mandate to wear a mask,” Biden said.
A week before the Dems' convention, Biden even said Americans should wear masks while they are “outside.”
“Let’s institute a mask mandate nationwide,” Biden said. “Every single American should be wearing a mask when they are outside for the next three months at a minimum."
Biden said that doing so was “your responsibility as an American.”
The election is less than two months away. Who knows what position Biden will take next on a potential nationwide mask mandate. He certainly doesn't.