Will they follow the science?
After two years of strict COVID-19 protocols in nearly every sphere of life, Democrats have finally started scaling back on the precautions, only to have some of the party’s leaders come down with COVID-19.
The increase in positive cases — has hit both Congress members and prominent members of Biden’s administration — isn’t a health concern but rather a setback as Democrats attempt to restore the country to a sense of normalcy. The setback also comes as Democrats try to juggle the balancing act of pulling back onerous protocols and navigate an election year where they stand to lose both chambers of Congress.
Their attempts have only become more challenging as Republicans clamor for all protocols to be dropped without hesitancy and COVID-19 fatigue sets in, even among Democratic voters who are tired of having to wear masks, social distance, and isolate months after the COVID-19 vaccine and booster has become widely available.
But Democrats find themselves in an odd predicament, with several of their most prominent figures testing positive, which places them in a precarious position on how to move forward.
In the last few weeks, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA.), Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX.), Rep. Adam Schiff, and two members of Biden’s cabinet: Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Attorney General Merrick Garland. Biden’s sister has also tested positive for COVID-19.
All of those who’ve tested positive, with the exception of Pelosi, appear to have been infected at the Gridiron Club dinner, an annual event in Washington.
The infections, which have proximity to Biden, have placed intense scrutiny on the President’s own busy schedule.
However, the White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, has been quick to defend the President’s public appearances, saying that despite Biden’s numerous public appearances “cases remain down.”
The defense has done very little to alleviate scrutiny which is also calling attention to the fact that the U.S. will soon reach 1 million COVID-19 related deaths.