Prominent Republicans are increasingly breaking publicly with President Donald Trump on the question of wearing masks during the coronavirus pandemic.
The president has discounted the utility of wearing masks, which he does not wear while in public. And Trump has held campaign rallies without requiring supporters to don masks.
But Republicans have started posting pictures wearing masks and urging their supporters to follow their example.
South Carolina's Republican governor, Henry McMaster urged his followers to wear a mask:
“Wear a mask. Wear a mask. Wear a mask.” https://t.co/3CxeVSJhZv— Gov. Henry McMaster (@Gov. Henry McMaster)1593207449.0
Former Trump Secretary of Defense James Mattis urged people to wear masks:
Here's video of James Mattis wearing a mask, urging others to do the same and saying: "Over the course of my career… https://t.co/iO5VoqpAP1— Mike Baker (@Mike Baker)1593194900.0
Former GOP Vice President Dick Cheney was pictured wearing a mask in a photo shared by his daughter, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY):
Dick Cheney says WEAR A MASK. #realmenwearmasks https://t.co/iBfVoa7ypL— Liz Cheney (@Liz Cheney)1593198154.0
Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) asked people to wear a mask:
Protect yourself and others, please wear a mask when you're out in public. It's one way we can all do our part to c… https://t.co/HD9RoXPBwr— Senator John Boozman (@Senator John Boozman)1593184436.0
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) posted a picture showing him wearing a mask:
Great to join Wamego School District to help distribute meals as part of the school lunch program, which continues… https://t.co/s71nRevkMU— Senator Jerry Moran (@Senator Jerry Moran)1593195987.0
Sen. Rob Portman posted pictures showing him wearing a mask:
This morning I stopped by the Hoxworth Blue Ash @Hoxworthuc location to donate blood. If you are healthy and able,… https://t.co/WN7MiEQ6Kw— Rob Portman (@Rob Portman)1593192037.0
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) says wearing a mask is "a simple step we can all take together to slow the spread":
Wearing a mask can help protect you and others from #COVID19—it’s a simple step we can all take together to slow th… https://t.co/6GhN6GBQYy— Senator Mitt Romney (@Senator Mitt Romney)1593025333.0
Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) urges people to "remember to wear your masks":
As you're out this weekend, remember to wear your masks and do your part to combat COVID-19 in our community and ke… https://t.co/oID58DZwBR— Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (@Rep. Anthony Gonzalez)1593207981.0
Texas Republican Rep. Michael Burgess, who is a doctor, praised Cheney's "good advice":
Good advice from former Vice President Cheney! https://t.co/tXf2JFyrz9— Michael Burgess, MD (@Michael Burgess, MD)1593201223.0
Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) says wearing a mask is "essential":
#TarrantCounty, #MaskUp: @judge_whitley’s ordinance requiring masks to be worn in businesses takes effect at 6:00 p… https://t.co/LOsQva02VM— Rep. Kay Granger (@Rep. Kay Granger)1593201709.0