With the 2020 Presidential elections just months away, you would expect the candidates to focus on their public image, which is why President Donald Trump should think about taking a page out of the Joseph Biden playbook.
With the world at large practising social distancing and taking the necessary precautions such as careful hygiene and wearing face masks in public to curb the spread of the coronavirus you would expect the President of the United States to be at the forefront of ‘leading by example’, but then again this is Donald Trump we are talking about.
Instead, the commander and chief decided to use the opportunity to make fun of Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden, for wearing a face mask when he made a public appearance during a Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony.
Not only did he retweet a picture of Joe Biden wearing a face mask with the caption: “This might help explain why Trump doesn’t like to wear a mask in public.” but he further went on to make the following peculiar remarks about Biden:
This might help explain why Trump doesn’t like to wear a mask in public. Biden today. pic.twitter.com/9l1gw1ljBE
— Brit Hume (@brithume) May 25, 2020
What is peculiar is the fact the president found the wearing of a face mask by the presidential candidate “very unusual” at a time when wearing a mask in public has become the worldwide norm as a means of curbing the spread of COVID-19.
As usual, the White House spin doctor Kayleigh McEnany left reporters just as confused when she tried explaining the President’s statement about Biden wearing a face mask in public as she went on to say:
“It is a bit peculiar, though, that in his basement, right next to his wife, he’s not wearing a mask. But he’s wearing one outdoors when he’s socially distant. So I think that there was a discrepancy there,”
When common sense makes no sense, one should assume the ‘discrepancy’ lies in oneself.
The USA is the hardest-hit country in the world by the coronavirus and today crossed the 100,000 mortality threshold. One would think that with such statistics lying at your doorstep, the president of all people would be the first to be leading by example and donning a face mask.
Instead, in a bid to push his agenda for the reopening of America, Donald Trump has been doing the exact opposite by refusing to wear a face mask in public as he was criticised for not doing during his recent tour of Michigan Tour plant.
Another peculiar point about Trump’s statement is that at no time have health officials form his administration or the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expressed the need to wear facemasks whilst at home.
According to Joe Biden’s campaign spokesman Andrew Bates:
“Donald Trump’s historic disregard for the guidance of public health experts is responsible for a failed response that has led to the deaths of nearly 100,000 Americans and the most devastating job losses our country has suffered since the Great Depression,”
But in his defence, it could be said that President Trump is leading the example for the agenda he is set on pushing, which is the reopening the country and the doing away of lockdown restrictions.
One way or the other, it shall be the people who decide on November 3, 2020 which of the two candidates examples they would want to follow.