The president has often been critical of his opponents for wearing masks during the coronavirus pandemic
President Donald Trump has been critical of his opponents for wearing masks during the coronavirus pandemic. On Friday, he turned that criticism on to one of his biggest supporters: Fox News host Laura Ingraham.
Ingraham was attending Trump’s campaign rally in Waterford Township, Michigan when Trump spotted the conservative TV personality and pointed her out in the crowd. Noticing that she was wearing a protective mask, he went off-script and began drawing attention to her.
“I can’t recognize you. Is that a mask? No way,” Trump said. “Are you wearing a mask? I’ve never seen her in a mask. Look at you. Oh, she’s being very politically correct. Whoa. Whoa.”
Trump previously mocked Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for wearing a mask at their first debate earlier this month. At that same debate, his inner circle who attended opted not to wear masks while in the audience.
The president repeatedly said publicly that wearing masks shouldn’t be mandatory, despite several doctors and experts, including the nation’s top infectious disease official, Dr. Anthony Fauci, stating that wearing protective masks can decrease the risk of contracting coronavirus.
Fauci wants a national mandate for wearing masks but concedes that Trump would keep that from happening, reported Forbes.
Trump’s mocking of Ingraham stands out as she is one of his biggest sympathizers in the media. Ingraham gave an emotional statement of support to Trump on Fox News following his diagnosis of COVID-19. “We’ll take up the slack. Because you fought for us,” Ingraham said. “Do not fear for a moment. Because now we’re going to fight for you.”
Ingraham is the same Fox News host who famously coined the phrase “shut up and dribble,” after criticizing NBA superstars LeBron James and Kevin Durant for condemning the president on social media. This prompted a backlash from NBA players, including the late Kobe Bryant, who addressed it in his Oscar acceptance speech in 2018.
In 2019, James would go on to executive produce a Showtime documentary series called Shut Up and Dribble, which chronicled the history of NBA players speaking out against social and political injustice.
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