For those who can’t access the article, the essential quote is below:
“In a Thursday interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump was asked whether he thought some people wear masks as a protest directed at him.
“Masks are a double-edge sword. People touch them. And they grab them and I see it all the time. They come in, they take the mask. Now they’re holding it now in their fingers. And they drop it on the desk and then they touch their eye and they touch their nose,” Trump replied. “No, I think a mask is a … it’s a double-edged sword. It’s a double-edged sword. I see Biden. It’s like his whole face is covered. It’s like he put a knapsack over his face. He probably likes it that way. He feels good that way because he does. He seems to feel good in a mask, you know, feels better than he does without the mask, which is a strange situation.”
Pressed on whether he viewed mask wearing as a protest against him, Trump continued:
“It could be, yeah. It could be. But it could also be they feel better about it.”
In other articles, rally supporters say it is a personal choice whether to wear masks. Or they feel safe without wearing one. Or the fatalistic “if I die, I die”.
The missing point is simple: the wearing of a mask is not to protect the wearers as much as to protect their fellow citizens should they be asymptomatic carriers.
So by not wearing one it shows disdain for others and, as Trump said, wearing one could be a considered a protest against him.
Honestly, are we so lacking in basic courtesy and citizenship, and, yes, leadership, that infecting others is a “right”.
Tulsa officials are practically begging Trump not to hold the rally. They already have a serious spike in infections. Plus, the rally attendees and the expected protesters are coming from all over and will consequently head home with probable new infections.
To the campaign’s credit, however, they insured the safety of the organization by requiring waivers not to sue if supporters get sick or die. I wonder if someone does get sick who did not attend, but encountered those who did later in their hometown, could sue instead.
Meanwhile, Mr. COVID 19 is doing quite well. Yesterday we had the highest spike in weeks for new cases, at 33,500.