Joe Biden: Republican Governors Do Not Care About Children’s Health

Jul 21, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; President Joe Biden visits the IBEW/NECA Electrical Training Center in Cincinnati on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 before a CNN town hall at Mount St. Joseph University. Mandatory Credit: Meg Vogel/The Cincinnati Enquirer-USA TODAY NETWORK
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President Joe Biden reacted Friday to Republican governors blocking mask mandates in schools during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I am so disappointed that, particularly some Republican governors, have been so cavalier with the health of these kids,” Biden said.

The president visited a school in Washington, DC, on Friday to highlight his proposed efforts to get more students vaccinated and masked in schools.

Biden was clearly frustrated by Republican governors who continued fighting him.

“We’re playing for real here. This isn’t a game,” he said.

When asked about his message to Republican governors who said they would take him to court over his latest vaccine mandate for employers, he replied, “Have at it.”

Nineteen Republican governors voiced their opposition to Biden’s new proposed mandate on Thursday, describing it as unconstitutional.

The president lamented politics were so divisive, expressing his hope children would not see the country through the current prism dividing the country.

“Politics doesn’t have to be this way,” he said, complaining it had become a “war” or a “bitter feud” in the country.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 29: U.S. President Joe Biden holds up a face mask as he delivers remarks in the East Room of the White House on July 29, 2021 in Washington, DC. President Biden spoke on his administration's effort to get more Americans vaccinated and plan to combat the spread of the Delta variant. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

U.S. President Joe Biden waves a face mask as he delivers remarks in the East Room of the White House on July 29, 2021 in Washington, DC. Biden spoke on his administration’s effort to get more Americans vaccinated and plan to combat the spread of the Delta variant. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty)

“It’s not who we are as a nation, and it’s not how we beat every other crisis in our history, we gotta come together,” he added.

Biden claimed that polling showed that masking and vaccine mandates were approved by the “vast majority of the American people.”

“They’re hard but necessary and we have to get them done,” he said.

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