Dick Cheney mask photo trends under ‘#RealMenWearMasks’

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Rep. Liz Cheney set her father’s name trending on Twitter when she posted a message supporting the wearing of face masks.

The Wyoming Republican shared a photo of former Vice President Dick Cheney on social media Friday, in an effort to get people to wear a mask to protect from the coronavirus.

“Dick Cheney says WEAR A MASK. #realmenwearmasks,” she wrote.

The 79-year-old Republican, who served under former President George W. Bush, was seen in the photo wearing a disposable mask, cowboy hat and vest.

The post by his daughter, who is Wyoming’s only congressional representative, soon sent his name trending as the issue over the wearing of masks seems to have taken on political implications. While many states and localities have issued mandatory mask requirements, Wyoming has not, and the state never had a stay-at-home order during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

President Trump has generally refused to wear a mask and some House Republican members have been criticized for not wearing any protective masks while in public, despite a requirement set by Democratic leadership for any House meetings “in a limited enclosed space, such as a committee hearing room, for greater than 15 minutes.”

Democratic governors who have issued mandatory mask requirements have seen pushback by angry residents but there has also been a lot of support for the move.

“Everyone should just wear a damn mask,” Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida told reporters last week.

Utah’s Sen. Mitt Romney was seen toeing the line in a photo he posted.

“We want to make sure that individual liberty is not infringed upon by government and hence government cannot require individuals to wear a mask,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said last week, reluctant to issue mandatory mask orders.

“I consider masks much more effective at spreading panic and much less effective at stopping a virus,” Republican U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock of California said during a hearing.

“In terms of forcing that under penalty of criminal law, we’re not going to be doing that. I think it would be applied unevenly and I just don’t think it would end up working,” Florida’s GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a press conference. A mandatory order issued in Palm Beach County last week was met with angry outrage by residents at a County Commission meeting.

Meanwhile, Cheney’s tweet captured much attention on Twitter with many cheering the fact that the Republican was advocating the wearing of a mask. Many Twitter users were amused that they finally found common ground with the former GOP vice president.

Others doubled down on the requirement that they feel infringes on their rights.

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