Democratic politicians are attempting to distance themselves from their pro-mask stance taken during the COVID-19 pandemic’s peak.
According to the news agency, the strong pro-mask stance is becoming a political liability in the United States. Polls reveal that President Joe Biden has a 40 percent approval rating or below, according to lawmakers.
COVID-19 fatigue, according to lawmakers, is a major reason why many voters are dissatisfied with the United States’ current course.
According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Sunday, Biden’s support rating has dropped to 37%.
Biden received a 55 percent disapproval rating in a poll done ahead of his State of the Union address.
When Biden delivered his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, Democratic senators wore masks on the House floor. The Capitol’s attending physician, Brian Monahan, had previously stated that masks would no longer be required in the chamber. Masks would be optional, according to Monahan.
In the halls of Congress, an increasing number of Democrats have abandoned their masks, joining their Republican counterparts who have done so for years.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, no longer wears a mask in the Capitol. She stated that the decision was based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s advice.
As of Tuesday, the city of Washington no longer requires masks in restaurants, bars, sports stadiums, gyms, or grocery shops.
When they gathered for a photo opportunity just off the Senate floor, neither Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., nor Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson donned a mask.