On Friday, as Coronavirus cases surged across the United States and the country continued to deal with concurrent problems like rampant economic instability, President Donald Trump went golfing. It was the 365th day on which he’d spent some time at one of his own company’s properties, according to a tally reported by CNN’s Jim Sciutto. In stark contrast, on Friday, former President Barack Obama issued a message to Americans via Twitter, where he encouraged Americans to come together and take the public health steps necessary to beat back the Coronavirus. The steps that he encouraged include mask-wearing, which helps keep the virus from spreading.
Alongside a link to an article from The New York Times discussing public health safety amidst the Fourth of July weekend, Obama tweeted:
‘This holiday weekend, let’s be safe and smart. It’s going to take all of us to beat this virus. So wear a mask. Wash your hands. And listen to the experts, not the folks trying to divide us. That’s the only way we’ll do this—together.’
This holiday weekend, let’s be safe and smart. It’s going to take all of us to beat this virus. So wear a mask. Wash your hands. And listen to the experts, not the folks trying to divide us. That's the only way we’ll do this—together.https://t.co/UwNKAzL8JU
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 3, 2020
Contrast that message with the nonsense that’s come out of the White House. In a Fox Business interview this week, President Trump said that he looked like the Lone Ranger when he had on a mask — which is disturbingly ridiculous. (The fictional character of the Lone Ranger didn’t even wear a mask over his mouth! He wore one over his eyes.) In the time before that strange interview, in which he also suggested that masks should be a matter of personal choice, Trump had spent a good deal of time deriding public health measures. He’s mostly flatly refused to wear a mask, thereby setting an ignorant example for his followers and helping to keep the crisis going.
Voters seem fed up. In polls on both the national level and in swing states around the country, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leads Trump by substantial margins. On the national level, Biden leads by an average of 8.8 percent, according to RealClearPolitics.
Check out Twitter’s response to Obama below: