Trump says he would wear a mask again and claims he looked like ‘The Lone Ranger’
Donald Trump rules out mandatory masks, but says he would wear one ‘in a tight situation’ – claiming he looked like ‘the lone ranger’ the only time he covered
- President Trump said he did not believe a nationwide mandate to wear masks was needed, although he was open to wearing one again
- “I liked the way I looked, I thought it was good. It was a dark black mask and I thought it looked good. It was like the “Lone Ranger,” he said
- Trump was seen only once with a mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and it was backstage on a Ford Motor Co. tour in Michigan
- More recently, he has politicized the wearing of masks, even going so far as to say that Americans who wore masks did so to “ denounce him. ”
President Trump ruled out a nationwide mandate to wear masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but he told Fox Business Network on Wednesday that he had put it back “in a tight spot.”
“I wouldn’t have a problem,” he told Fox Business Blake Burman in a Rose Garden interview. “Actually I had a mask on, I liked the way I looked, I thought it was good. It was a dark black mask and I thought it looked good. It was like the “Lone Ranger,” Trump said.
The President is passed out for politicizing the wearing of masks, even going so far as to say that those who wear masks to avoid giving or receiving COVID-19 do so to “ signal disapproval of him. ”
President Trump excluded a nationwide mandate to wear masks, but said he would wear one again in a “tight situation” and compared his masked look to the Lone Ranger
President Trump was caught behind the stage in May with a mask on (right). He said on Wednesday that he thought he looked ‘OK’ comparing himself to the Lone Ranger (left)
But with coronavirus cases on the rise, especially in red states, even Republican senators have prompted Trump to put on a mask in an attempt to lead.
On Wednesday, Trump split the difference when asked about masks – suggesting no federal mandate was needed, while also saying he imposed one.
“Well, I don’t know if you need that, because you have a lot of places in the country where people stay very far away, you talk about social distance,” he started.
“But I’m all for masks, I think masks are good,” he continued. “When I was with a group of people and I was close.”
Burman asked Trump if he would wear one in that scenario.
“Oh, I would do that. Oh, I have. People have seen me wear one, ”replied the President.
Trump visited a Ford Motor Co. factory in Michigan in May, but did not allow the pool of reporters traveling with him to put on a mask.
“I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it,” Trump said, showing the mask he had worn but leaving it off his face.
The public later saw leaked photos of Trump wearing the mask backstage.
“I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it,” President Trump said during his tour of a Ford Motor Co. factory in Michigan in May, where he showed reporters his mask, but declined to wear it.
President Trump (left) also told Blake Burman (right) of Fox Business Network that he thought the coronavirus would ‘disappear’ at some point
“If I’m in a group of people where we’re not three feet from us,” Trump said, expressing the circumstances in which he could wear a mask. “But most of the time I’m not in that position and everyone gets tested because I’m the president, they get tested before they see me.”
“But if I were in a tight spot with people, I absolutely would,” he said.
Trump’s 2020 rival Joe Biden, the presumed Democratic candidate, said last week that he would do everything in his power to make masks mandatory as president as the nation struggles with the virus.
“He’s an idiot,” Biden said in May, when Trump mocked him for wearing a memorial service mask.
Despite medical evidence, Trump also said in his interview with Fox Business Network that he thought the corona virus would “disappear.”
“I think we’ll tackle the coronavirus well,” he told Burman. “I think it will just disappear at some point, I hope.”