On Wednesday, President Joe Biden criticized Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) after they lifted their state’s mask mandates and COVID-19 restrictions calling the choice “Neanderthal thinking.” Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) has since taken up the title as a badge of honor.

Blackburn told Fox Business host Stuart Varney that she actually has past experience acting like a Neanderthal. “Stuart, we were called ‘Neanderthals’ when I led the fight against the imposition of a state income tax in Tennessee,” Blackburn told Varney. “Do you know what I did? I started the Neanderthal Caucus!”

“Neanderthals are hunter-gatherers, they’re protectors of their family,” said Blackburn, who opposes the teaching evolution in schools. “They are resilient. They are resourceful. They tend to their own. So, I think Joe Biden needs to rethink what he is saying.”

Biden’s full statement on the governors’ premature lifting of COVID-19 restrictions said, “We are on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease because of the way we’re able to get vaccines in people’s arms. The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime everything’s fine, take off your mask, forget it.”

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