(USA Features) Former President Donald Trump commented on the size of the mask House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wore Wednesday evening in the House chamber during President Joe Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress in a chamber that was mostly empty.
“It looked like they were choking last night while he was speaking. I watched, and I said they ought to get some air. It looked like they were literally — Nancy’s mask was the biggest mask I think I’ve ever seen,” Trump said in an interview with Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo.
Both Pelosi and Vice President Kamala Harris kept their masks on during Biden’s approximately 64-minute address, though he took his off.
“But they love those masks, and everybody in that room was — had the vaccine. Everybody in that room was in good shape. They could have done it much differently,” Trump added.
Pelosi and top Democrats imposed attendance restrictions and other mandates for the address. Only 200 people including lawmakers were permitted in the chamber that normally holds about 1,600 people.
Trump went on to talk about continued COVID-19 restrictions he believes should be lifted based on what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending and what other recent scientific research has determined.
“For Joe Biden to walk outside to announce you don’t have to wear masks outside, now people knew that for a long time. But he walks outside to tell you don’t need masks outside and he’s wearing a mask. He’s outside doing it, and he walks up in a mask,” he said.
“Look, this country has got to get their schools back. It’s got to get these cities open. It’s all — in all cases, Democrat. When you look at Florida, Texas and various other places, they had a much-relaxed policy, and yet they had far fewer deaths, relatively speaking. They had far more economic success,” Trump continued.
He also lamented his former home city.
“New York has been so badly hurt. It’s going to take a long time to recover. California was so badly hurt. I mean, these places, some of the places, there’s never been any place that was tougher than Michigan, and Michigan had an outbreak the likes of which you haven’t seen since the very beginning,” Trump added.
“So, you know, it’s very sad. When you looked on television last night, they could have had fewer people in the room than a packed room like I had when I did it. I understand that. But to have a room that was so sparse and to have everybody wearing masks and everybody has the — you know, they all got the shots. But they all have masks,” Trump said.
“It doesn’t show very much confidence. You know, they want to build confidence in the vaccine because not everybody wants to take it because they have their freedoms, and they don’t want to take it,” the former president continued.
“They want to show confidence in the vaccines and then you see something like you saw last night, a room loaded up with masks. I’m telling you, the people looked like they were choking on their masks. I’ve never seen anything like it.”