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Hannity Just Urged His Viewers to Wear Masks After Pool Party Video Went Viral and People Think They Know Why

Hannity Just Urged His Viewers to Wear Masks After Pool Party Video Went Viral and People Think They Know Why
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President Donald Trump and far-right Fox News host Sean Hannity are close, to say the least.

Hannity's show functions as an arm of the President's media efforts to deceive his supporters into believing that only those who wholeheartedly adore Trump can be trusted. As recently as 2018, the pair frequently had long conversations nearly every night.

But things took an interesting turn on Tuesday.

That very afternoon, during an appearance in the Rose Garden, the President mocked a reporter for being "politically correct" by following CDC guidelines and wearing a face mask while in public. Trump's remark was a continuation of his frequent dismissal of the need for masks—which health experts say are crucial to preventing the spread of the virus from asymptomatic carriers to vulnerable populations.

Last week, Trump told the press he wouldn't give them "the pleasure" of seeing him in a mask. Even when announcing the new regulations last month, he specified that he didn't intend to wear one.

Given Trump's frequent skepticism of face masks, this segment from Hannity came as a surprise.

Watch below.

Hannity was addressing a recent video from Memorial Day weekend which showed massive crowds at Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks resort. The video went viral, prompting outrage at the hundreds of patrons who weren't socially distancing or wearing masks as the death toll from the virus edged closer to 100 thousand.

Hannity said:

"I understand these are young people. Experts keep saying over and over they're at a much lower risk...I see no social distancing. But if they get the virus and they're in contact with older more vulnerable Americans, that could be a disaster for others...Please wear the mask for your mom, dad, grandma, grandpa."

In the past, Hannity has frequently downplayed the threat of the virus, even calling it a hoax, so this segment had many wondering what prompted the change of heart.

Some think it comes down to a key voting demographic: seniors, whom are most vulnerable to the virus.

In the early stages of the outbreak in the United States, the President frequently dismissed the threat posed by the virus in hopes of not disrupting financial markets, and continued to botch the distribution of crucial medical equipment to affected states. Notable Republicans defending Trump made absurd statements in support of grandparents risking their lives in order to let their grandchildren go back to work.

Now, 43 percent of virus deaths have been in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

As a result, polls have shown a precipitous drop in support for Trump among seniors since the virus upended daily life. Quinnipiac shows Trump trailing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden by 10 points among those 65 and older. An April poll from Fox News shows Trump trailing voters above 45 as well.

Is Hannity trying to shore up more support from seniors?

Regardless, Hannity's lack of fealty to Trump was out of character.

Hopefully, people will heed Hannity's warnings over the President's.