President Donald Trump tweeted a photo of him wearing a COVID-19 facial covering on Monday, the first time he had done so, which fell on the sixth month anniversary of the first case of coronavirus being discovered in the United States.
"We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance," Trump tweeted, without actually urging people to wear masks.
"There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President!" he added, which fact-checkers will point out is contrary to all public polling on the current commander-in-chief.
Trump was harshly criticized for his tweet, here's some of what people were saying:
@realDonaldTrump Just yesterday you said masks don't work... https://t.co/G78n7rDHeq— American Bridge 21st Century (@American Bridge 21st Century) 1595275835.0
@realDonaldTrump BREAKING: Man Buys Fire Extinguisher After Entire Neighborhood Burns Down— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen) 1595275380.0
@realDonaldTrump Gee, it only took you - 5 months - 143,000 dead Americans - 42,000,000 unemployed Americans - 18 s… https://t.co/m6c4yuOIcr— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!) 1595274862.0
@realDonaldTrump oh please, who tweeted this for you, just yesterday you were taking the exact opposite stance and… https://t.co/gqUB3jUnDx— Jeff Tiedrich (@Jeff Tiedrich) 1595274635.0
@realDonaldTrump https://t.co/zNPrQVge4w— Brown Eyed Susan (@Brown Eyed Susan) 1595274639.0
@realDonaldTrump Imagine how many more people would be alive right now if you did this in March.— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen) 1595274942.0
@realDonaldTrump Should have done this 140,000 deaths ago— Sandi Bachom (@Sandi Bachom) 1595275025.0
@realDonaldTrump Feeling very patriotic. https://t.co/yRkt8Hrcum— Caitlin Murray (@Caitlin Murray) 1595275548.0
April 4th: The CDC asks Americans to wear masks. Three months later: https://t.co/VPMkvaVnP1— The Lincoln Project (@The Lincoln Project) 1595275363.0
"Fine. I'll tell people it's patriotic to wear a mask. But only if I can throw in racism." https://t.co/RJvRyxG4oz— Melissa Ryan (@Melissa Ryan) 1595275575.0
Putting aside the gratuitously insulting reference to a "China virus," it's good to see Pres. Trump belatedly model… https://t.co/9o0WhSHjSW— Nicholas Kristof (@Nicholas Kristof) 1595275014.0
People are curious why he finally did this. They told him point blank this morning if he doesn't at least fake it h… https://t.co/5pDZYyEUX0— Todd Poirier (@Todd Poirier) 1595275450.0
What's interesting about this to me is that it reads like it was written by a staffer trying to mimic Trump's voice… https://t.co/BnFXimttXT— Jonathan Chait (@Jonathan Chait) 1595274513.0
You're too late to convince us you care. https://t.co/IEYFAlKUf0— David Corn (@David Corn) 1595274300.0
There are 329,227,745 Americans more patriotic than you. https://t.co/v3o3rXrSjB— Rick Wilson (@Rick Wilson) 1595275382.0
100,000 lives late https://t.co/mYK5DViSwL— Greg Mitchell (@Greg Mitchell) 1595275207.0
Cool mask, now try it without the racism. https://t.co/BAO0xKh8Di— Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (@Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi) 1595276122.0
Being Non Patriotic for 4,5 months cost 140,000 American citizens their lives. TOO LATE!! https://t.co/EOqUsrTvti— Paul van der Meer (@Paul van der Meer) 1595275911.0
April 3: "I don't think I'm going to be doing it," Trump said while announcing CDC face mask recommendation May 2… https://t.co/JzA2NGCGqz— Geoff Bennett (@Geoff Bennett) 1595276041.0