Now that Donald Trump has politicized wearing a mask as a weak, unattractive, Democratic option, even Republicans are worried. A mask helps prevent us from spreading the silent stalker coronavirus to those around us. Unfortunately, humans have a difficult time grasping what they cannot see, so they believe POTUS. Maybe, the news should not sanitize what happens to people with the disease..
One young woman from Texas had over 200 pustules (sores) on her legs, and it gets worse, much worse. Apparently, POTUS does not really care about the 128,000 and counting Americans who have died on his watch. He will not wear a mask even as his Republican friends and colleagues have begun to panic.
Without masks, the country’s deaths could rise to 225,000 or more.
Health care experts, including those advising the president, urge people to wear masks when they are in public, especially if they cannot social distance between six and 13 feet. It appears that Trump has begun to stand on an island of political distancing as one GOP leader after another has decided to wear a mask.
Even the president’s friends from Fox have begun to call upon him to don a mask. He could color-coordinate with his long red tie or get ones. emblazoned with photos of scantily-clothed women. Certainly, they should appeal to his sense of masculinity.
Co-host of Fox & Friends Steve Doocy interviewed the Chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC) Ronna McDaniel Tuesday. He said:
‘I think that if the president wore one, it would just set a good example. He’d be a good role model. I don’t see any downside to the president wearing a mask in public. MAGA should now stand for ‘Masks Are Great Again.’ Let me give you some marketing advice right there.’
Another Fox News host Sean Hannity is one of Trump’s main media friends and often seen at Mar-a-Lago when the president is on site. He spoke positively about wearing a mask on his prime-time show Monday.
‘I was in the epicenter of this. I went to my grocery store every week. Guess what? They wore masks. Nobody at my grocery store, thank God, got coronavirus. I think they work. nd I said — especially if I wear a mask and it opens up baseball, concerts, NFL football — I’d rather wear the mask and go to the game to protect Grandma, Grandpa, Mom and Dad and watch the ballgame.’
Why has the pandemic been spiking in the southern states and moving its way across Texas and up to California into Washington? The sitting Vice President Mike Pence blamed young people for “disregarding” the nation’s guidelines even as Trump does so.
Both Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have started saying that people should wear their masks in public, according to The POLITICO:
‘We must have no stigma — none — about wearing masks when we leave our homes and come near other people,” he said on the Senate floor Monday. Wearing simple face coverings is not about protecting ourselves. It is about protecting everyone we encounter.’
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that mask-wearing was “long overdue.”
House and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar warned in another POLITICO article that the hotspots in the South “threaten to spiral out of control.” He also warned that the “window is closing” on the nation’s fight against COVID-19. Now, Europe has closed its border to the United States, because our government cannot contain the pandemic.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo(D) has already faced the Coronavirus beast, walked through the fire, and walked out onto the other side. He said he believed that Trump and his White House were “in denial” about this pandemic, according to POLITICO.
The commander-in-chief refused to wear a mask in public. When he went to visit a swab manufacturer, which is used to test for the virus, the business had to throw away a day’s worth of production. Trump had contaminated them when he went maskless.
When he was still giving coronavirus briefings, Trump made fun of an MSNBC reporter for wearing his mask. The correspondent said he wore it because “I want to live.”
Republican officials have been raising the temperature of the conversation as the coronavirus spikes across the country from Florida to Texas and on up into California.
Trump does not like how he looks in a mask, and he treats this serious matter as frivolous. He appears to believe that if he wishes it hard enough and tries to force the country to open, he can improve the economy and win his 2020 presidential election. That is flawed thinking.
Sadly, Trump has already politicized wearing masks through his words and actions. Now polls show that Republicans wear masks in public far less than Democrats. In addition, Republican governors appear hesitant to wear masks or issue statewide mask mandates for fear of alienating the president even though their states are spiking with the virus.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) appeared on Fox & Friends Tuesday where he argued that wearing masks and frequently washing hands could prevent another lockdown which would harm the economy even further:
‘For my home state, I do believe in wearing masks. I do not want to shut the economy back down. [Trump wearing a mask in public would] be a “powerful symbol. It would. mean, for the Fourth of July, we could all show our patriotism with a red, white and blue mask, going out there and showing some strength.’
Even the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr. appeared to be coming around to the reality of mask protecting people from the coronavirus pandemic. He was on a trip to Jacksonville, FL where the GOP plans to hold it Republican National Convention (RNC) in August. There told Fox Business:
‘I think we’re going to make sure that everything is done in a safe and appropriate manner. You know, I don’t think that it’s too complicated to wear a mask or wash your hands and follow basic hygiene protocols.’
Senate Health Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) tried to influence the nation to halt politicizing wearing masks, even though his president had intentionally politicized masks,
‘Unfortunately this simple lifesaving practice has become part of a political debate that says: If you’re for Trump, you don’t wear a mask. If you’re against Trump, you do.’
‘That is why I have suggested the president should occasionally wear a mask even though there are not many occasions when it is necessary for him to do so. The president has millions of admirers. They would follow his lead. It would help end this political debate. The stakes are too high for it to continue.’
The president’s own Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a recommendation to wear masks or cloth facial coverings should public distancing not be possible.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) summed it all up:
‘[E]veryone should just wear a damn mask.’
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