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Psaki: Biden's 'Neanderthal' comment was a 'reflection of his frustration'

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WASHINGTON – White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended President Joe Biden’s comments comparing some Republican governors’ decision to lift mask mandates to “Neanderthal thinking,” calling it a “reflection of his frustration” about Americans refusing to follow public health guidance. 

Asked whether it was productive to compare governors to Neanderthals while trying to convince state officials to get on board with the White House public health message, Psaki clarified the president was likening the decision to Neanderthal “behavior.” 

“The behavior of a Neanderthal, just to be very clear, the behavior of,” she said, adding that it was a “reflection of his frustration and exasperation” over some people flouting COVID-19 guidance to help curb the spread of the virus. 

“He believes that with more than half a million Americans’ lives lost, with families that continue to suffer, that it’s imperative that people listen across the country, whether they live in a red state or blue state, to the guidance of public health experts,” she said. 



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