Trump has said publicly that he believes mask-wearing is a “personal choice” and it doesn’t sound like his stance has changed in the slightest since becoming ill with COVID-19 directly.
“I think people should wear a mask if they can, if they feel they, they should. But I don’t think it should be a mandatory policy,” Trump has said.
The Daily Beast reported Sunday that “two people who’ve spoken to Trump in the days since he tested positive for the virus say that he had not mentioned any desire to change his public posture on mask-wearing, or that he flatly stated he would continue wearing a mask sparsely and when he felt like it.”
“The president is not humbled by this,” said one of the knowledgeable sources. “It did not sound, based on my conversation with him, that he is going to give the media an ‘I told you so!’ moment this time.”
We’re at the Holiday Inn in Panama City Beach where Donald J. Trump Jr. is on the campaign trail for President Trump… We’re set to hear from him at 3:30. Stay tuned for updates pic.twitter.com/KBOKboSsBt
— Erika Orstad (@ErikaOrstadTV) October 8, 2020
It’s not entirely surprising considering Trump shamelessly bullied his staff for mask-wearing prior to his COVID-19 diagnosis.
“If you stepped into a meeting with the president and you wore a mask when he and the rest of the room were not, you would very likely hear about it from the president himself,” said a Trump administration official who wished to remain anonymous. “It was well-known [in the building] that if you wanted to be taken seriously by the president, you should take his lead on the masks thing… and not be the guy wearing a mask in a gathering with him, as if to say you’re sticking it to [Trump].”
President Trump on the drive-by he did on Sunday outside Walter Reed:
"I love the people of this country and I thought it would’ve been very disrespectful if I was there for three, three and a half days… and didn't go out and at least give them a little waves." pic.twitter.com/DcKpEzuWGJ
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) October 10, 2020
“People don’t want to see the leader of the free world hiding behind a mask; it just sends the wrong message,” said Barry Bennett, a GOP operative and lobbyist who served as a senior Trump adviser during the 2016 campaign. “There are large portions of this country where there were no [COVID-19] hospitalizations this week, there were no deaths this week. It’s not a monolithic experience.”
The Daily Beast asked if Trump himself should start wearing a mask publicly or more regularly. Bennett replied, “He had it, so he’s immune now, so he doesn’t need a mask, right?”
If the GOP thinks Trump is ushering in a crisis — why did they support him for the last year?: Bulwark editor
Veteran newsman Carl Bernstein revealed that there are 21 Republicans too scared to reveal they think President Donald Trump should have reached the end of his options to fight the 2020 election. Still, most of them aren't speaking out publicly and they spent the past year enabling Trump, knowing full well that this is who he is.
Writing for the Bulwark on Monday, Jonathan V. Last cited editors of the National Review who are calling Trump's behavior “disgraceful” and “the most outlandish and irresponsible performance ever by a group of lawyers representing a president of the United States.”
Power-hungry Republicans do not fear Trump — it’s worse than that
There’s a presumption at work among members of the Washington press corps that needs rethinking. That presumption is this: the Republicans, especially those in the Senate, fear the wrath of voters who have balled up their identities with the rise and fall of Donald Trump. For this reason, all the Republicans, with rare exception, stand in silence while the president prosecutes what must be called an attempted coup d’etat.
Katie Porter did not question Emily Murphy because the GSA head blew off today’s Biden transition briefing
Add General Services Administration administrator Emily Murphy to the long list of Trump administration officials who have decided respectfully honoring a lawful congressional request is optional.
Many Americans on Monday were excited to see Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) question the GSA head, but it was not to be. Tweets like this one went wild on Monday morning:
GET READY: Today Rep. Katie Porter will ask @GSAEmily and the @USGSA to explain to America why they’re blocking the Biden-Harris team from a proper transfer of power. Every lost day endangers the lives of millions of Americans across the country. pic.twitter.com/DtunHVI3xg