The Centers for Disease Control urges Americans to wear masks or some sort of facial covering in order to prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus that's disrupted every facet of daily life in the United States.
President Donald Trump announced these guidelines in early April, but with the caveat that he didn't intend to wear one himself. Sure enough, the President refuses to wear a mask publicly, asserting that the press would report it as weakness.
But with record high spikes in new cases across the country, the President is softening his stance, assuring he's "all for masks," though he's met criticism for dismissing their effectiveness to the point that Republicans are less likely to follow the CDC's mask guidelines.
Though he doesn't wear a mask in public, Trump assured Fox Business Network's Blake Burman that he wears one when social distancing isn't possible in large groups—then the conversation turned to his looks.
Donald Trump says he is 'all for face masks' and believes Russian bounties are 'a hoax'youtu.be
"I had a mask on. I sort of liked the way I looked. I thought it was okay. It was a dark, black mask and I thought it looked okay. It looked like the Lone Ranger."
The President compared himself to the Lone Ranger, the Western ranger of the 20th century.
But unlike facial coverings recommended by the CDC, which are worn over the nose and mouth, the Lone Ranger's mask was worn over his eyes.
No joke: When asked about coronavirus protection today, Trump said he has worn a “dark, black mask” which made him… https://t.co/1UzoHGf9yg— The Hoarse Whisperer (@The Hoarse Whisperer) 1593649049.0
People couldn't help but mock the President.
"i LoOk LiKe tHe LoNe rAnGeR" https://t.co/GcXP27cHgk— GTSwift77 (@GTSwift77) 1593676417.0
Trump finally wore a mask the other day & said he felt like the #LoneRanger. But the Lone Ranger's mask had two eye… https://t.co/CxyuUeiMc2— bettemidler (@bettemidler) 1593692314.0
You need to tug it down lower, Donald #LoneRanger https://t.co/SmQZHUfEzC— Mark Critch (@Mark Critch) 1593699550.0
Has Trump ever seen the 'lone ranger' https://t.co/xK81xaXOse— Simon Kitson (@Simon Kitson) 1593642284.0
They also commented on Trump's change in tone regarding masks.
@BBCWorld This is not a change in tone. This is damage control.— Not A Hedgehog (@Not A Hedgehog) 1593646848.0
@BBCWorld Very soon he will say, "I always wanted people to wear a mask, liberal fake news media claimed I didn't"— Iya 'misanthrope' Iseda (@Iya 'misanthrope' Iseda) 1593647120.0
@BBCWorld he literally mocked a reporter for wearing one just a few weeks ago.— Pilot9 🚀😷 (@Pilot9 🚀😷) 1593646619.0
@BBCWorld He will soon claim he invented masks and they are the bestest masks ever.— MarkG (@MarkG) 1593651137.0