I know this is going to be a massively unpopular opinion but I think Trump is absolutely right not to wear a mask during public appearances. It would be enormously demoralizing to see the president of the United States, “the leader of the free world,” as they say, in a muzzle.
Even if a ship is sinking, the captain isn’t supposed to look panicked, yell “we are all going to dieeeeee!” and make a beeline for the lifeboat. And we aren’t sinking. For the most part, masks are about anxiety and / or virtue signaling and / or fashion statements (which is obviously my case, cf below).
Speaking of masks, I tried to smile at somebody at the store today, and realized she couldn’t see my face. It was sad. It is absolutely true that this is not normal and we should remember that.
I’m very sensitive to the symbolic, and the symbolism of the president hiding behind a mask wouldn’t be good.
And no, he’s not putting himself at risk. Just like he wasn’t putting himself at risk not wearing a mask during the bad flu season of 2018.
OMG, I said something positive about Trump. #crimethink