McConnell reportedly urged Americans to wear a mask at a Wednesday event in Kentucky, saying "you have an obligation." "There's no stigma attached to wearing a mask. There's no stigma attached to staying six feet apart," McConnell said. The remarks are a stark contrast to Trump, who has refused to wear one in public and recently mocked a reporter who did so at a White House press conference.
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Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urged Americans to wear a face mask on Wednesday, saying it's a critical element in restoring normal life in the US during the coronavirus outbreak. That's in stark contrast to President Trump, who has rarely worn one in public. Politico first reported that McConnell called on people to don face masks to reduce the threat of another surge of infections. "There's no stigma attached to wearing a mask. There's no stigma attached to staying six feet apart," he said at an event in Kentucky. He targeted his appeal particularly to younger people, saying, "you have an obligation to others," and added people could be asymptomatic carriers of the virus, meaning they don't display symptoms. Read more: Bank of America says a new bubble may be forming in the stock market — and shares a cheap strategy for protection that is 'significantly' more profitable than during the past 10 years "That's not too much to ask of a younger person," McConnell said of wearing the masks, according to the outlet. "So to get through this next phase, as we ease back into normal, even if you're in a low-risk category, do what we're asking you to do for the good of others as we begin to move back to normal." The Kentucky senator said he tried to provide a "good example" and pointed out there are photos of him "all over the place" wearing one on Capitol Hill.
McConnell's comments are in stark contrast to the approach adopted by President Donald Trump, who has mostly refused to wear a mask in public despite guidance from public health agencies urging people to do so. Many governors have already issued order making them mandatory for people in public spaces. Trump mocked a reporter for wearing a mask on Tuesday at a White House press conference and called it "politically correct." And on Thursday, the president shared a tweet from a conservative columnist at the Federalist arguing that using face masks represented a "culture of silence, slavery, and social death." "So many different viewpoints!," Trump wrote in the tweet.
So many different viewpoints! https://t.co/DCesPbJu5M — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2020
Trump briefly wore a face mask during a visit to a Ford manufacturing plant in Michigan last week, but said he didn't want the press to see it. The president's personal opposition to wearing masks has invited fierce criticism from former vice president Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee. He called Trump "an absolute fool" for not donning any protective face coverings in a CNN interview. Read more: David Herro was the world's best international stock picker for a decade straight. He breaks down 8 stocks he bet on after the coronavirus decimated markets — and 3 he sold. Yet studies show that face masks helped restrain the spread of coronavirus, particularly their effectiveness in slowing the spread of particles from the mouth and nose carrying the virus. Many Americans say they are wearing a mask. A survey from the Democracy Fund and the UCLA Landscape Project showed 84% of respondents said they wore a mask in public, USA Today reported, an indication that support for mask-wearing stretches across party lines. Those figures including many who back Trump. Around 71% of those who were somewhat likely or very likely to approve of the president said they were likely to wear a mask in a recent Politico/Morning Consult poll.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why thoroughbred horse semen is the world's most expensive liquid
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Chris Wallace said Trump arrived too late to be tested for coronavirus at the first presidential debate
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Trump criticizes Biden at town hall for not issuing a national mask mandate — but Biden as a candidate has no authority to do so
Summary List Placement President Donald Trump criticized his Democratic presidential rival, Joe Biden, on Tuesday evening...Summary List Placement President Donald Trump criticized his Democratic presidential rival, Joe Biden, on Tuesday evening for failing to enforce a national mask mandate — but Biden, as a candidate, has no authority to do so. Trump leveled the attack after being asked by a voter during an ABC News town hall why he had not supported universal mask-wearing. "A good question is, you ask, like Joe Biden. They said, 'We're going to do a national mandate on masks,'" Trump said Tuesday evening. "But he didn't do it, I mean, he never did it." Trump was referring to a policy promise that Biden stressed last month as part of his plan to fight the pandemic if elected. Biden has since walked back on the idea from a federal level, citing potential constitutionality issues, and instead said he would encourage governors to do so and lead by example by wearing face coverings publicly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has heavily recommended mask use when in public and around people who don't live in your household to help prevent coronavirus transmission. The nation's top infectious-disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has also pushed for universal mask-wearing. Trump's messaging on masks has largely focused on allowing people to choose whether to wear them. During an indoor rally in Nevada on Sunday, his campaign required only attendees standing behind him — in view of TV cameras — to wear face coverings. Trump reiterated his standpoint Tuesday evening, arguing that "a lot of people don't want to wear masks." "Who are those people?" the ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos asked. "I'll tell you who those people are — waiters," Trump responded. "They come over and they serve you and they have a mask. And I saw it the other day where they were serving me, and they're playing with the mask — I'm not blaming them, I'm just saying what happens — they're playing with the mask, so the mask is over, and they're touching it. And then they're touching the plate. That can't be good." A majority of Americans — Democrats and Republicans alike — say they support regular mask-wearing and do so in their daily lives, according to recent public polling.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Here's what you're actually seeing when you spot a meteor shower
Trump, who dismissed and refused to wear a face mask for months, now says wearing one is 'patriotic' like him
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