White House press secretary Jen Psaki brushed aside criticism from many social media users who branded President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden as hypocrites.
The hypocrite criticism came after the Bidens were both seen violating Washington, D.C.’s indoor mask mandate Saturday night.
Psaki explained on Monday that the photo where the Bidens were seen walking maskless through a high-end Italian restaurant was just “moments of time”.
“I think what you are referring to is a photo of them walking out of a restaurant after they had eaten, mask in hand — where they had not yet put them back on yet,” Psaki said.
“I would say, of course, there are moments when we all don’t put masks back on as quickly as we should,” Psaki added.
Psaki added that instead of criticizing the public should always look at the reason why the mask mandate is imposed which is to protect public health.
“I don’t think we should lose the forest for the trees here — in that our objective here is to get more people vaccinated, make sure that schools and companies around the country can put in place requirements to save more lives and keep more people safer,” she said.
Based on several videos posted on social media, The Bidens were caught on camera leaving Fiola Mare in Georgetown with their masked-up Secret Service agents in tow.
In the videos, Biden could be seen carrying his mask in both hands as he left the pricey seafood establishment overlooking the Potomac River.
His wife did not appear to be carrying her mask as she left.
The failure of the two to wear masks is considered an offense since wearing masks inside is mandatory in D.C. after Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser reinstated an indoor mask mandate back in July when the delta variant started to surge.
The videos have also shown that the Bidens also ignored the restaurant’s mask policy, which is in line with the city’s mandate and clearly states one must be worn regardless of a person’s vaccination status.
Under Bowser’s mask mandate, establishments that fail to enforce the mask mandate potentially can be fined.