Melania Trump Promotes Mask-Wearing, Receives Backlash
Melania Trump promoted mask-wearing to protect against COVID-19, only a day after her husband shared claims that doctors and other experts are all lying about the severity of the pandemic. Twitter users were quick to respond, with many pointing out the hypocrisy, since Donald Trump has politicized mask-wearing, and many shared photos of Melania herself in crowds without a mask. Some Trump supporters chimed in too, to criticize the First Lady and insist masks are unnecessary, or even dangerous.
Melania tweeted Tuesday to remind the American public to wear masks and use social distancing guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19. Just the day before, Donald Trump shared claims that the public is being lied to about the virus, by doctors and the CDC among others. Before that, Washington Post reported last month that the president refused to promote masks, and wouldn’t be seen on camera with one — something that finally changed in the past week.
Even in the summer months, please remember to wear face coverings & practice social distancing. The more precaution we take now can mean a healthier & safer country in the Fall. pic.twitter.com/80dGOWIyDJ
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) July 14, 2020
The Trump campaign even refused to promote mask-wearing at his Tulsa rally, and removed numbers on chairs that were intended to encourage social distancing — and a surge of COVID-19 was then linked to that event. When Joe Biden wore a mask in public, Donald Trump actually mocked him for it.
Melania received criticism for her post from at least three angles: those who said she was hypocritical, because she’s been seen without a mask; those who say she should get her husband on the same page, and those who still oppose masks entirely.
Melania "I Really Don't Care" Trump when not posing for a "Wear a mask" photo-op: pic.twitter.com/QcDdA7Wcns
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) July 14, 2020
— Trumpy Trumpy (parody) (@outofcontroljb) July 14, 2020
Have you met your husband ?? Please provide this messsge to him.🤡
— Jules Morgan (@glamelegance) July 14, 2020
Too little too late! Tell that to all the thousands of families that lost loved ones from your husband's extreme lack of responsibility! #GOPBetrayedAmerica Thousands would be alive IF trump did NOT fire Pandemic Response Team in 2018. Thousands of deaths are on his & GOP hands! pic.twitter.com/F5uYDh2UZH
— Joyce Aldridge (@JoyceAldridge13) July 14, 2020
I'm on team Trump but info on face mask that is being put out there is wrong. There are several studies showing little to know benefit. Cloth are the worst.
— David VanDuyn (@DavidBV1968) July 14, 2020
Sorry but when you work in a 120 degree dry heat that is not going to work. Stay out of it Melania this mask thing is too political
— 5D Justice (@5D_Justice) July 14, 2020
Meanwhile, the Trump administration reportedly actively prevents experts from speaking to the public about the pandemic, and in Trump’s Monday retweet, it was suggested that promotion of protective measures against the virus are really only intended to hurt his re-election chances.