This Monday, President Trump caused quite a stir after tweeting out an albeit late but full-throated endorsement of wearing face masks as a means to stem the spread of coronavirus.
“We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance,” Trump tweeted along with a picture of himself wearing a mask. “There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President!”
We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance. There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President! pic.twitter.com/iQOd1whktN
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 20, 2020
The tweet was received with mixed reactions, with many of Trump’s critics pointing out the move as being too little, too late. Some of Trump’s supporters tweeted praise, seemingly memory-holing the mixed messaging that previously came from the administration over face coverings. But there was a contingent of pro-Trump Twitter folks who expressed dismay at the fact that he would offer such a clear endorsement of a practice they’ve railed against.
Masks are stooopid. pic.twitter.com/4aE4GcqOCI
— Super Majority 2020 (@lovegoesforth) July 20, 2020
The mandating of a face mask is wrong, it should be a choice!
— Dawn Michael, PhD💗 (@SexCounseling) July 20, 2020
I’m saddened beyond words, @realDonaldTrump Had hoped you would really #DrainTheSwamp Good thing your opponent is almost comatose. There is Kanye, tho, is everything just theater after all? @DonaldJTrumpJr @DanScavino @tickerguy @redsteeze @MemoryHold @LionelMedia https://t.co/JK4k4651uZ
— Theseus (@specs1066) July 20, 2020
My dear POTUS I will not give up my civil liberties! It’s enough of a struggle to live and work in NYS with baby killer Cuomo! I will not wear a mask they are disgusting, full of germs, not to mention lack of oxygen! #qanon I am a patriot without a mask!
— I am Anna Q sent me (@anna12061) July 20, 2020
I feel sad seeing you with a mask, Mr President. While I appreciate that you must consider all US citizens in your work, I know masks don’t work. And I know that some factions out there wish to make them mandatory, which I feel is wrong.
— Elizabeth Ristow (@servantofall36) July 20, 2020
This is not patriotic. https://t.co/BXi3NRuAzJ
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) July 20, 2020
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