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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.
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) June 26, 2020
“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.
Rubio today: “everyone should just wear a damn mask, like you guys are, like I am right now,” he says leaving a GOP lunch where Vice President Mike Pence provided a coronavirus update.
— Kylie Atwood (@kylieatwood) June 24, 2020
Utah’s Sen. Mitt Romney was seen toeing the line in a photo he posted.
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) June 24, 2020
“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.
Florida firestorm when locals give county commission hell for new mask mandate: ‘We the people are waking up’ https://t.co/7Fv0LDeoNd
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 25, 2020
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.
— anyangel (@dancingonapin) June 26, 2020
May be the only thing I’ve ever agreed with him on. 😀😀😀
Wear A Mask!#RealMenWearMasks
— KevinInFlorida (@KevinInFlorida2) June 27, 2020
I think his normal mask suits him more. pic.twitter.com/BUjjB4IxD1
— Dusty Lucite (@EvaMcGreggor) June 26, 2020
Even a broken clock is right twice a day.
— Gail Doucette (@143jazzydoodle) June 27, 2020
Don’t get me wrong, I support 1000% using masks, is common sense. But when you see @jaketapper retweeting Liz Cheney, even if it is for a good cause… you realized that the end is near pic.twitter.com/1bsSg6holi
— Alejandro J. Leal 🇻🇪🇺🇸🇳🇮 (@Ale_Leal_Mendez) June 26, 2020
I agree with Dick Cheney for the first time since the Nixon administration and it feels weird.
— Buck4itt #BLM (@buck4itt) June 27, 2020
Others doubled down on the requirement that they feel infringes on their rights.
Real men look at data, and see that COVID deaths in the US are rapidly declining towards zero. I’m very proud that so few people here in Wyoming fall for your fear mongering. pic.twitter.com/ZNwUtiACs3
— Tony Heller (@Tony__Heller) June 26, 2020
Now do #BlackLivesMatter.
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) June 27, 2020
Disingenuous of @Liz_Cheney
Maybe “real men on potent immunosuppressants after a heart transplant wear masks” is more accurate
— L__T (@LT51552424) June 26, 2020
Now I’m definitely not wearing one
— Ⓟⓞⓛⓐⓡ Ⓑⓔⓐⓡ Supremacist (@PolarSupremacy) June 26, 2020
Sad when masks become a measure of masculinity or fidelity to a political party.
— karenb (@lorax819) June 26, 2020
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