Biden Should Have Said He Has No Authority to Impose Lockdowns

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As Jim Geraghty noted, yesterday President Biden responded, “Yes, for now,” when asked whether lockdowns are “off the table.” Critical attention has focused on that ominous “for now.” Here’s how Biden should have answered: “Obviously, I do not have any legal authority to impose a lockdown on the country. Remember when the previous president said he had ‘total authority’ over lockdowns and everyone said he was being either ridiculous or scary? The president’s powers haven’t changed since then. It’s not my table to set.”

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.






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