This weekend, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden proved the gulf of difference between his side and that of President Donald Trump. He posted a photograph of himself wearing a face mask, which is a simple gesture yet roundly refutes the rampant right-wing opposition to the basic science of public health. Trump himself has consistently refused to wear a face mask, although masks have been proven to significantly lower Coronavirus transmission, and case numbers are going up around the country. Trump has no doubt helped inspire the legions of right-wingers around the country who have adamantly refused to wear masks and who have employed increasingly unhinged claims about the supposed inappropriateness of demanding mask-wearing.
Alongside the photo of himself in a mask, Biden simply wrote:
‘Wear a mask.’
Wear a mask. pic.twitter.com/lejMbH1jjC
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 27, 2020
On the same day that Biden posted the photo of himself in a mask, yet another video went viral of someone having a white-hot meltdown over a demand for them to wear a mask. The video was apparently captured inside of a Trader Joe’s store in Los Angeles, where the woman at the center of the video was escorted from the premises over her refusal to wear a mask. (California currently has a statewide order in place mandating mask-wearing in public.) In the video, she shouts that she supposedly has a breathing problem, but many observers noted that this dubiously claimed breathing problem didn’t stop her from yelling at the top of her lungs.
“I have a breathing problem!”
Your shouting refutes that Karen. Your lungs are fine but your brain is dog shit.
The amount of people unwilling to wear a mask and do their part is so disheartening.
— Tommy Campbell (@MrTommyCampbell) June 27, 2020
Trump, as president, could easily be tied right to behavior like that displayed by the Los Angeles woman whose belligerent behavior was captured on video. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has been among those to roundly condemn the president for his refusal to wear a mask and implicit dismissal of the science outlining their importance.
As Pelosi put it:
‘And not wearing a mask himself as an example to the country? How cowardly is that? It’s not about protecting yourself, it’s about protecting others.’
Voters evidently prefer the Democratic approach in increasingly large numbers. Biden leads in polls on the national level and in many individual swing states around the country.
Check out Twitter’s response to Biden below: