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DC engages in a different kind of unmasking politics

President Donald Trump honored those Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation by attending Memorial Day ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and Fort McHenry in Baltimore.

Democrat Joe Biden came out of hiding on Monday also to pay tribute to America’s fallen heroes by laying a wreath at the Delaware Memorial Bridge Veterans Memorial Park.

But the events provoked a skirmish over approaching COVID-19. Biden wore a mask, while the president did not. 

Trump even tweaked Biden by sharing a tweet from Fox News political analyst Brit Hume, who posted a photo of Biden’s face almost totally obscured by the black mask and dark Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses, with the caption, “This might help explain why Trump doesn’t like to wear a mask in public.”

A mask, or the lack of one, seems to be the latest triggering event for the liberal media and Trump critics.

Just consider the last few days. 

On Thursday, Trump did not wear a mask during most of the time he spent touring a Ford plant in Michigan. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat who has been roundly denounced for her heavy-handed lockdown policies, had signed an executive order mandating masks in enclosed public spaces. Ford Motor Co. also had a mask policy. In response to Trump’s maskless visit, state Attorney General Dana Nessel, also a Democrat, told CNN, “Today’s events were extremely disappointing and yet totally predictable,” referring to the mask directive as a “law” even though state lawmakers had no say in its adoption.

“The president is like a petulant child who refuses to follow the rules. And I have to say, this is no joke,” Nessel added. Trump, she declared, would not be welcome back in Michigan, saying, “He is a ridiculous person and I am ashamed to have him be president of the United States of America and I hope that the voters of Michigan will remember this when November comes.”

On Saturday, CNN struck again, reporting on the president’s golf outing at one of his properties in Virginia. The network noted Trump and those in his party did not wear masks — while outside on a warm, sunny day — although Secret Service agents nearby did.

On Tuesday, The Washington Post noted in its coverage of Trump’s visit to Fort McHenry, “Again, the president wore no mask, a deliberate defiance of guidance from his own public health officials, as he seeks to portray a picture of a country returning to normal despite the ravages of the pandemic.”

As The Guardian, a left-wing British paper noted, “Masks are becoming a political issue.” 

David Marcus, a columnist at The Federalist, recently argued as much, but took an alternate path. He maintained that Trump sets a better example by not covering his face in public.

“The image of the president matters, and that is why today President Trump should not be wearing a face mask in public,” Marcus wrote.

“Scolds have been on a rampage over the past few days regarding Trump’s unwillingness to don the face covering that has come to define our current moment of Chinese virus. … What Trump is really doing is projecting American strength and health at a time when strong leadership is needed,” he added. “An image of Donald Trump wearing a protective face mask while performing his duties, behind the Resolute Desk, or in the White House briefing room would be a searing image of weakness. It would signal that the United States is so powerless against this invisible enemy sprung from China that even its president must cower behind a mask. That simply should not happen.”

Marcus, of course, is right. And the controversy over Trump’s mask-wearing highlights a most curious aspect of the coronavirus outbreak: that those deeply entrenched in The Resistance who have spent four years urging the country to defy Trump at every turn now maintain that Trump should wear a mask, if only to set a good example for the rest of us to follow.

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  1. Robert Yormick May 27, 2020

    The other day I watched a few campaign segments with Joe Biden & a group of supporters & he nor the people that were NOT social distancing from each other or Mr. Biden himself, had masks on . So what’s the big deal about President Trump not wearing one at the Ford plant?

  2. Robert Yormick May 27, 2020

    I’ve been tracking the figures that have been posted as to the number of cases of CV-19 worldwide & the total amount of reported deaths,AND the number of cases here in the U.S.
    The AVERAGE over the past several weeks in terms of % has been about 6.6% deaths worldwide & approx.6.2% in the U.S. The figures shown in the lead of this article was 6.24% worldwide & 5.88% in the U.S.
    Both are now showing a DECLINE percentage wise in the world & the U.S.
    It will be interesting to see what they will be in a few weeks as the U.S & other countries of the world starts to open up again.It seems that the “lock-down ” HASN’T made a great deal of difference, as both the reduction worldwide & in the U.S.have both been under 1/2 of 1%.

  3. messup May 27, 2020

    So much “Disinformation!!!” CDC had been discredited. Federal Health Institutions have (by and large) been discredited. WHO- totally shamed. WTO a joke, Washington DC partisan lobbyists discredited. There’s more, just labelling the key “fearmongers.” See, the worst media outcry of “the sky is falling” has one major fault…attempting to instill FEAR and DESPERATION in ALL American citizenry. See, fellow American Patriots, if the Far Left “soothsayers” can accomplish their goals by keeping We The Patriot People disinformed and afraid…their tyrant agenda begins to unfold across these fruited plains. They’re now morphing into “Cold War” with China. A report in Chinese underground channels, itemizes rampant corruption in ALL upper naval leadership ops. A special investigative report (leaked) specifies names, dates and co-conspirators in these illicit transactions. So, USA far left “disinformation” is tyranny run amok…remember, GOD is in CONTROL. Pray. Amen. God Bless America. Read A Bible. NKJV Psalm 128. 10 Commandments everywhere.

  4. kevin g STEIGNER May 27, 2020

    The left would happily destroy this country to limit Trumps chances of winning in November. If anyone with any modicum of intelligence knows this entire plandemic is a scam to remove more of our freedoms and also further the lefts rhetoric about how bed the orange man is! If somehow they are successful you can look for a continuation of massive unemployment, from the plandemic, higher taxes, single payer health care, which is a misnomer, we only have sick care, China will consider it a victory because with the left in control China will return to business as usual!

  5. messup May 27, 2020

    Agree with the premise, with one small caveat…Death Certificates are (by and large) listing “cause of Death” as COVID-19 without so much as an “investigation” of lung and circulatory, pathological “markers.” This serves the “partisan narrative” of “mismanagement by administration officials” of COVID-19 pandemic…thus, abatement is far off in the “far distant future.” (read: after November elections and Democratic candidate’s stepping onto their “throne”). Pray. Amen. God Bless America and ALL true God loving citizens. Read A Bible. NKJV. Psalm 128. 10 Commandments everywhere

  6. kevin g STEIGNER May 27, 2020


  7. kevin g STEIGNER May 27, 2020

    messup; you are right on!

  8. Joe doe May 27, 2020

    Praise the Lord and PASS THE AMUNITION

  9. Patriotson May 27, 2020

    Love it when our president doesn’t follow script. It makes the socialist democrats go squirrelly.

  10. Erik Johnson May 27, 2020

    This Just Shows How STUPID The Morons Really Are…The REAL Reason(s) As To WHY Wear a Mask is…If Your In a Group Of UNKNOWN People…( not knowing who or where they have been like a convention or the beach or a market etc. ) Wearing a Mask is Necessary and Common Sense …but…Being Amongst a ” Controlled ” Group That Gets Tested EVERY DAY…A Mask Isn’t Needed !!! Do You Wear a Mask While Being @ Home With Family KNOWING Nobody is Sick ? But Leave It Up To The FAKE News and The DemonRATS…They Would Find Something Wrong Even While Wearing a Mask…just sayin

  11. Sharon May 27, 2020

    Every death was labeled due to the virus. Even when thePpl were dying from cancer and etc. plus more money they get.

  12. Amazed Deplorable June 10, 2020

    The left and their minions are more than wacked out making mountains out of molehills. Erroneous death recording, quarantines, persecuting the police, glorifying the criminals and the massive false reporting of news. I am also not aware of anyone any where developing a cure for a virus. I’m in awe of how little common sense there is and how much entitlement is expected especially by illegals, law breakers and the lazy.

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