President Trump tweeted that there are “So many different viewpoints!” on masks, retweeting an article making the spurious claim that masks are more about social control than public health.
The tweet Trump promotes also mentions presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden saying, “Image of Biden in black mask endorses culture of silence, slavery, and social death.”
Some background: The President has resisted wearing a mask throughout the pandemic, and the issue has turned into a political and cultural flashpoint. Trump has mocked Biden for wearing a mask multiple times and ignored guidance from the CDC and the coronavirus task force that Americans should wear a face covering.
Responding to the President’s attacks towards him, Joe Biden said, “He's a fool, an absolute fool to talk that way. I mean every leading doc in the world is saying you should wear a mask when you're in a crowd."
Dr. Anthony Fauci implored Americans to wear masks in an interview on CNN Wednesday.
"I want to protect myself and protect others, and also because I want to make it be a symbol for people to see that that's the kind of thing you should be doing," Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert and a member of the White House's coronavirus task force said.
Fauci said he believes that while wearing a mask is not "100% effective," it is a valuable safeguard and shows "respect for another person."