Face masks continue to be a very real issue as the nation debates over their efficacy, along with pros and cons of mask mandates.
Multiple governors, mayors, and health officials are on the receiving end of lawsuits, due to sweeping mask requirements. Meanwhile, other leaders have taken steps to relax certain restrictions, doing away with sweeping face covering edicts.
Masks, and all the controversy surrounding them, have entered the 2020 presidential election. While both President Trump and Joe Biden have each been seen in face masks, Biden seeks to have “mask mandates nationwide” while the president does not.
Also, Washington Examiner takes note of the Trump campaign’s belief that Biden is ultimately using face masks as political props.
The Truth About Biden’s Constant Display of Masks
During last week’s presidential debate, Trump remarked that Biden is regularly seen in “the biggest mask” even when he’s very, very far away from others.
Thank you, Grand Rapids, for a great afternoon. From the virus to the economy, we face immense challenges as a nation. But if we come together and act as one America, we can and will overcome them. pic.twitter.com/eY5FVKRv3K
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 3, 2020
Likewise, Americans notice that Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, have a tendency to speak into microphones even as they have face masks on; this, too, has prompted accusations of Democrats using masks as political theater.
A Reality Check from the Trump Campaign
Over the weekend, President Trump’s campaign also drew attention to this matter. Jason Miller, an adviser to the president’s re-election campaign, appeared on air for an interview with ABC News. When questioned by George Stephanopoulos about a supposedly “cavalier” attitude towards face masks and social distancing, Miller quickly set the record straight.
The Trump campaign adviser noted the campaign’s serious attitude towards health precautions; this explains the distribution of face masks and temperature checks at all rallies. Miller then pointed out that Biden’s decision to wear a face covering even when he’s 20-30 feet away from others will not “change anything” whatsoever.
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— Team Trump (Text VOTE to 88022) (@TeamTrump) October 4, 2020
Finally, the Trump campaign adviser explained that the former vice president has ultimately turned masks into props; this contrasts with the option of using masks as actual tools to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 when in close proximity to others.
Accusations of Biden using face masks as props also aligns with his calls for federal mask mandates, something that even he admits is unconstitutional for a president to enforce.
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