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Former Obama White House advisor Ben Rhodes, the aspiring novelist with a degree in creative writing who helped orchestrate the flawed Iran Nuclear Deal with blatant disinformation, apparently thinks it’s a good idea to use his child as a passive-aggressive way to criticize the Trump administration over mask-wearing.
“My three-year-old daughter just did an outdoor ballet class in 80-degree heat where all the kids wore masks the whole time. Three-year-olds being more responsible than the White House,” Rhodes, a persistent Trump critic not-so-humble-bragged on Twitter. Social media users immediately called out Rhodes for political posturing, assuming that the story is even true.
Feeling the heat, as it were, from those who maintain that Rhodes lacks credibility, he responded that “Everyone dropping bombs over my daughter wearing a mask is proving the point. What planet are you living on?” But what point is Rhodes actually trying to prove, other than seizing upon the opportunity to bash Trump?
Government regulations about mandatory or voluntary mask-wearing vary from state to state, and also vary in the private sector. Even though the president is currently being treated for COVID-19, constant testing is part of the rules of engagement of anyone entering the Trump White House, moreover, and especially anyone who is in the proximity of the president. Each attendee at the presidential debate was reportedly also tested.
As part of an interview about joining Fox & Friends as a co-host, Will Cain recalled how he and his family took a 15-state summer road trip and witnessed no hassles about masks. “Twitter would have you believe that every single grocery store is a fight over who has a mask on right now. But what I saw as I traveled was people making very rational decisions for their own health, their own risk assessment but also being considerate of others’ choices. If someone didn’t necessarily think a mask was effective they were still considerate of others who wore a mask and were more comfortable.”
Everyone dropping bombs over my daughter wearing a mask is proving the point. What planet are you living on?
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) October 4, 2020
As noted above, the Twitterverse responded forcefully to Rhodes, pro and con. Here is just a sample: (** Language warning)
It’s like you can’t wait to seem more ridiculous with every passing moment.
For one thing, do you think they decided on their own to wear masks?
For another, what are they doing wearing masks outside? If it’s because they’re too close together, …
— stephenf (@emncaity) October 4, 2020
Sounds like child abuse
— LORI HENDRY (@Lrihendry) October 4, 2020
I coach both my kids’ soccer teams. No players wear masks outside in either practice or games, because only lunatics and virtue signalers do insane shit like that. Full season completed.
0 cases, 0 complaints, letting kids be kids w/o their weird ass parents virute signaling…
— Chicago Anomaly (@ddeaver90) October 4, 2020
Don’t even think about it. My kids are on the playground at school in 85 degree heat, dance in a hot studio for 2 1/2 hours, run errands with me, ALL while wearing a mask. It’s not abusive, or stupid, or useless. I love my kids and they need to be safe.
— Rochelle Rochelle (@SweetHott74) October 4, 2020
Why would you make her do that?! 3 Years Old!?!?!
I don’t believe your statement is coming off here as you planned.
— Jlisa (@Jlisa42067) October 4, 2020
Your three year old is probably smarter than you. But nice attempt at writing more fiction.
— FallingDebris (@VolatileAmine) October 4, 2020
Normal people don’t exploit their children as political props…
— SlightStrider (@slightstrider) October 4, 2020
My 11year old twins played tennis all summer without masks and never got sick. I’m pretty sure they had more fun.
— whatsthepoint (@iusedtobenicer) October 4, 2020
Dude, did y’all commute to Jacksonville for ballet? The high was in the 60s in DC yesterday. pic.twitter.com/AAQocgt17q
— Save Ferris (@SaveFerris14) October 4, 2020
In a revealing 2016 New York Times Magazine article by David Samuels, Rhodes implied that he created a false narrative that there was a moderate wing of the Tehran regime to sell the Iran deal to America. He also admitted that the Obama administration bamboozled gullible journalists as part of gaslighting support for the deal.
“In the spring of , legions of arms-control experts began popping up at think tanks and on social media, and then became key sources for hundreds of often-clueless reporters. ‘We created an echo chamber,’ [Rhodes] admitted, when I asked him to explain the onslaught of freshly minted experts cheerleading for the deal. ‘They were saying things that validated what we had given them to say.’
“The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing,” Ben Rhodes also asserted.
Fulfilling a campaign promise, President Trump withdrew from the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in May 2018.
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