Keeping schools closed and taking other extreme measures in the fight against COVID-19 is "Neanderthal thinking," not reopening businesses and lifting mask mandates, Rep. Michael Waltz argued Thursday in a slam at President Joe Biden's comments about the moves made by governors in Texas and Mississippi to reopen their states.
"Let me tell you what Neanderthal thinking is," the Florida Republican said on Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "Neanderthal thinking is keeping our schools closed, letting our kids fall further and further behind. Maybe Neanderthal thinking is letting restaurants put people in tents while they're sitting outside but they can't let them inside or not putting seniors first when it comes to our vaccines."
He also took a swipe at embattled New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the scandal surrounding the underreporting of nursing home deaths in the state last year.
"What Neanderthal thought it was a good idea to allow infected seniors back into nursing homes when it was clearly the most exposed and vulnerable population?" said Waltz.
There are many, many "stupid ideas" coming from the Biden administration, the congressman added.
"But basically what he's doing is calling us stupid and it is a clear liberal elitism that we see coming time and time again out of Washington, D.C., where they pretend like they have all of the answers," said Waltz.
He pointed out that in his state, the economy and schools have been kept open.
"We're managing this coronavirus," said Waltz. "We're keeping the economy open, and we're walking that fine line with common sense."
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