Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris strongly rebuked President Donald Trump for politicizing the issue of wearing a pandemic mask during an interview Sunday with CNN’s Dana Bash. Harris, minutes earlier in the same interview, said she would be skeptical of a coronavirus vaccine distributed by the Trump administration but said a big part of the problem with pandemic response ” is that we have a president of the United States who made this a partisan issue and made it a political issue.” “This is not about punishment. It’s not about big brother,” Harris said about wearing a mask. “Nobody likes to wear a mask,” she also said, but “we each have to sacrifice for the sake of the nation and the collective.”
SEN. KAMALA HARRIS: BASH: Would a Biden/Harris administration support a federal mask mandate? HARRIS: So it’s about a national standard. Everyone should wear a mask. And here’s the thing about this, none of us likes wearing a mask. Nobody likes to wear a mask. BASH: Right, but there’s a difference between a standard — HARRIS: But it’s about sacrifice. BASH: Right, there’s a difference between a standard and a mandate. Would it be a federal mandate under the Biden/Harris administration? HARRIS: It would be a standard. No — listen, this is not about — in terms of the priorities of Joe Biden and myself, this is not about punishment. It’s not about big brother. It is simply about saying — what a leader says in times of crisis… Where leaders said, “We each have to sacrifice for the sake of the nation and the collective.” BASH: But how do you enforce a standard, especially, when, as you know, there are governors who are in — you know, who just don’t agree with that and they’re not mandating it on the more local level? How do you enforce that? HARRIS: But I think that part of the issue here is that we have a president of the United States who made this a partisan issue and made it a political issue.