By now, it’s become common knowledge that Donald Trump isn’t exactly a big fan of masks or social distancing for that matter. The president has continuously defied social distancing measures and has until today refused to put on a mask.
The closest he came was when he visited the Ford factory back in May and even then he only wore it out of view of the media. He even went as far as to say that he took it off because he didn’t want to give the “lamestream” media the satisfaction of seeing him wear a mask.
Yup. There’s a pandemic out there that’s killing hundreds of thousands and Trump’s ego stands in the way of him actually saving lives. If you’re wondering why America has so many coronavirus cases, the simple answer is because of Donald Trump’s continued nonchalance towards the virus.
If your commander in chief doesn’t seem to be bothered by something he continues to insist he has under control, you’d automatically have a sense of security and dare I say, invulnerability from the threat. The problem is, Trump doesn’t have it under control, and his latest U-turn is testament to that.
The president’s reelection campaign has announced its first rally since the s**tshow that was the assembly in Tulsa, Oklohoma (where eight campaign staffers contracted the virus btw), and surprise surprise, the rally will encourage people to wear face masks. According to the campaign, there will be “ample access to hand sanitiser” and it will be giving out protective face masks “that attendees are strongly encouraged to wear.”
This U-turn is huge. After months of continued desensitisation to the virus thanks to Donald Trump taking to social media and press conferences to denounce how bad the situation is, the Trump campaign’s encouragement of masks could be the first step towards helping people realise that the president was in fact, wrong.
Heck, he was wrong when he suggested injecting disinfectant to fight the virus, he was wrong last weekend when he said that 99 percent of coronavirus cases “are totally harmless” and he was wrong to not encourage wearing face masks sooner.
Will this make those who refuse to wear a mask and practice social distancing see how ignorant they’re being? Probably not, but this is a great start.
Of course, the ultimate U-turn would be Donald Trump himself wearing a mask and showing that he’s practising social distancing but let’s be real here, Donald Trump going to stick to his game plan here. How do I know this? Well, the coronavirus has already claimed the lives of more than 129,000 Americans and Trump either doesn’t seem to care or he’s in too deep.
Whatever it is, it’s not looking good for America.