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Joe Biden Supporters Criticized For Celebrations ‘super Spreader’



White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany criticized Joe Biden for not calling for an end to “massive Super Spreader events” held after his projected presidential victory.

“Where is @JoeBiden calling on the massive Super Spreader events held in his name to end,” McEnany wrote in a tweet Saturday featuring a video of thousands of Biden supporters gathering in the streets outside the White House.

After the former vice president was declared as the projected winner of the 2020 presidential election, between he and President Donald Trump, supporters were seen in New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. to celebrate.

A woman holds a Champagne bottle as she celebrates on Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2020, after several news networks projected Joe Biden to win the 2020 presidential election.
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While many of Biden’s supporters were seen wearing masks during their celebrations, many observers across Twitter criticized a readily spotted lack of social distancing.

“Lots of masks, little social distancing in front of the White House as thousands of Biden supporters begin their celebrations,” Twitter user Jorge Ventura Media wrote with a video showing the supporters outside the White House.

Twitter user Matt Baskin shared a photo of Biden supporters gathering in Boston’s Copley Square “following news that networks have called the election.”

CNN correspondent Shimon Prokupez shared a video of Biden supporters gathering outside the convention center in Philadelphia “singing along to some of Trump’s greatest hits being played.”

Twitter user Buck Sexton also criticized the lack of social distancing at the ongoing celebrations and sarcastically wrote: “Trump rallies during the election ‘could kill thousands’ because of the lack of social distancing, but Biden block party celebrations all over NYC right now are ‘literally saving lives’ because science.”

Twitter user Charlie/Char103 responded to a tweet from former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang that featured supporters gathering in New York City to celebrate.

“Cool we happy for Biden but social distancing?” the tweet read.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who has seen supportive of Trump during the 2020 election cycle, also criticized the lack of social distancing.

“And suddenly people gathering in large crowds and not social distancing is no longer considered irresponsible by the media,” Rubio wrote in response to a tweet from NBC Breaking News showing Biden supporters celebrating on the Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House.

Several Twitter users pointed out how CNN’s Jake Tapper discussed social distancing amid the celebrations on Saturday.

“on @CNN: @jaketapper scolds Biden supporters for not socially distancing,” Twitter user Kian wrote.

“Good point from @jaketapper. I share his concern. Many peoplo [sic] who took to the streets to celebrate are wearing masks, but do not keep a social distance. Let’s hope all these celebrations do not turn into superspreader events. Don’t make Biden’s job harder than it already will be!” Twitter user Joe Moesman wrote.

Twitter user Dave Stein wrote, “shoutout @jaketapper for still stating the obvious that people are not social distancing, but at least they’re wearing masks.”

Biden, after several news networks projected his win Saturday, released a statement saying: “I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris. In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted, proving once again, that democracy beats deep in the heart of America.”

The criticism for a lack of social distancing during the celebrations come as the U.S. has continued to see an increase in the spread of the novel coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease COVID-19.

On Friday, the U.S. recorded its third consecutive day of over 100,000 cases, while several states saw their record high single-day increases.

According to a tracker from Johns Hopkins University, in the U.S. there are currently over 9.8 million confirmed cases of the disease, as well as at least 236,642 deaths.

Newsweek reached out to the White House and Biden’s campaign for comments.

Updated November 7, 2020, 4:56 p.m. ET, to include additional tweets showing criticism towards Biden supporters for not social distancing during their celebration.



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