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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called for a nationwide mask mandate, telling ABC News host George Stephanopoulos that it’s “definitely long overdue” and claiming that so-called “real men wear masks.”
She made the remarks while speaking Sunday morning on ABC’s “This Week.”
JUST IN: @GStephanopoulos: “Is it time to mandate the wearing of masks across the country?”
“Definitely long overdue for that,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi says, adding that the CDC recommended use of masks but did not mandate it as to “not offend” Pres. Trump. https://t.co/y2qk2iXUsd pic.twitter.com/GTJ8UUieKm
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) June 28, 2020
“Is it time to mandate the wearing of masks across the country?” Stephanopoulos asked her.
“Oh, [it’s] definitely long overdue for that,” the word-skipping speaker replied. “And my understanding [is] that the Centers for Disease Control has recommended the use of masks, but not to demand — required it, because they don’t want to offend the president.”
A quick Internet search with Google produced no results, no evidence whatsoever to corroborate the bizarre conspiracy theory that the CDC is refraining from issuing a mask mandate because it doesn’t want to offend President Donald Trump.
“And the president should be [an] example,” Pelosi continued. “You know, real men wear masks. Be an example to the country and wear the mask, not only to pro — it’s not about protecting yourself. It’s about protecting others and their families.”
The primary purpose of a face mask is to prevent others from contracting the coronavirus. But since the president and other White House officials/aides are constantly, “repeatedly” tested, he has no real need to wear a mask.
That Pelosi desires him to wear a mask anyway certainly speaks to the theory that mask-wearing has transformed from an issue of safety and well-being to an issue of virtue-signaling.
As an example of this virtue-signaling, media influencer and commentator A.J. Rice recently pointed to the odd phenomonen of bikers wearing masks but not helmets.
“Their odds of getting run over by someone driving like a bat out of hell on our empty highways are a lot higher than getting or giving the coronavirus while riding a bicycle,” he wrote.
“Bike riding tends to come with social distancing built in. Bike riders are outside exercising and building up their immune system, which decreases the odds of getting the virus. And the sun’s UV light is a proven virus killer. So tell me again why anyone outside in 90-degree heat riding a bicycle should wear a mask?”
To virtue-signal, of course.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) May 19, 2020
Pelosi herself is a perfect example of this virtue-signaling. To wear a mask for the sake of safety and well-being, you gotta wear it correctly.
“One of the biggest mistakes people make is that they fidget with their masks, and pull them under their noses or completely off their faces to rest under their chins,” The New York Times noted in a report two months ago.
“You should absolutely not be pulling up and putting down your mask while you’re out,” Shan Soe-Lin, a lecturer at the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, said to the outlet in a statement. “If you’re going to go to the trouble of using a mask, leave it on.”
Otherwise, why even wear it? To virtue-signal, of course.
Speaking of which:
Philonise Floyd’s heart-wrenching testimony to @HouseJudiciary left its mark on us all. May this flag, which flew over the Capitol on the day of his brother’s murder, serve as a symbol of our shared commitment to securing justice for George & all victims of police violence. pic.twitter.com/Dl3LXDGF7t
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) June 10, 2020
“Masks offer limited protection, and work better when combined with hand washing and social distancing,” the Times’ report continued.
Now look at the photos above again, and ask yourself whether Pelosi — who’s clearly not wearing her mask correctly — is social distancing from the people around her.
Below are more examples of her wearing a mask for seemingly no other purpose than to virtue-signal:
I love #Pelosi but she’s demonstrating exactly how NOT to treat #facemasks. You can’t pull em down under your chin. All the potential #COVID19💧spewed out is on the outside of the mask you just touched. It’s why #Canada’s #DrTam was leery of #masks—they CAN do more harm than good pic.twitter.com/89zD3eRrNH
— 🇨🇦 Kalie Hubick (@Brravehart09) May 5, 2020
— Talkin’ Tail (@TalkinTail) June 8, 2020
@SpeakerPelosi May I make a suggestion? In the future you should excuse all women wearing short skirts from pretending to kill black men. It was painfull / distracting to watch. Even Traumatizing. Also – wearing the mask on your chin doesn’t help much. pic.twitter.com/j4OleuUyPN
— Larry Stevens (@LSteve_64) June 12, 2020
Tell Pelosi to put her mask on pic.twitter.com/nI4KhsMmZ9
— Clint Beastwood (@bonofacio559) June 27, 2020
Continuing her remarks on “The Week,” Pelosi also accused the Trump administration of not taking the coronavirus seriously.
“It’s time for this administration to take this seriously,” she said. “As Dr. Fauci said, we have a serious problem ahead. Take this seriously. We are 4 percent of the world’s population. We are 25 percent of the cases and the deaths, 25 percent.”
“We have the worst record of any country in the world. And the president says we’re making progress or whatever. So, this is — this is life and death. And we do have a plan to, again, reverse this trend, as well as to kill off this virus. We don’t have a vaccine, and we don’t have a cure. God willing and science-enabling, we will sometime soon.”
.@GStephanopoulos: “It’s pretty clear we are failing…to stop the spread. How can we fix it?”
Pelosi: “We can fix it by passing the HEROES Act…it’s time for this administration to take this seriously. As Dr. Fauci said, we have a serious problem ahead.” https://t.co/ANK8AVWawA pic.twitter.com/m3CF0MXc9f
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) June 28, 2020
The United States does not boast the “worst record.” It boasts the most confirmed coronavirus cases because of its superior testing apparatus.
Cases are going up in the U.S. because we are testing far more than any other country, and ever expanding. With smaller testing we would show fewer cases!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 23, 2020
When it comes to the real marker — deaths per million citizens — America isn’t first and likely never will be.
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