Texas and Mississippi governors have responded to President Joe Biden's comments that reopening their states was due to "Neanderthal thinking."
"I think it's a big mistake. Look, I hope everybody's realized by now these masks make a difference," said Biden. "The last thing, the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime everything's fine, take off your mask," he continued. "Forget it. It still matters. … And it's critical — critical, critical, critical — that they follow the science."
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) responded to Biden's remark on Twitter.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's (R) Press Secretary Renae Eze also responded to Biden's comment.
"The Governor was clear in telling Texans that COVID hasn't ended, and that all Texans should follow medical advice and safe practices to continue containing COVID," Eze said. "The fact is, Texas now has the tools and knowledge to combat COVID while also allowing Texans and small businesses to make their own decisions."
Abbott later took to his own Twitter account to confront the Biden administration about the release of some asylum-seekers into the U.S. who tested positive for the coronavirus.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) also fired back at Biden.