Conservatives praised President Donald Trump for wearing a face mask on Sunday despite spending months decrying such facial coverings as unnecessary, dangerous, and unconstitutional.
After the president finally wore a mask while visiting wounded service members at Maryland’s Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, conservatives were quick to point out just how awesome Trump looked.
Initial praise for the president came from members of his staff. Erin Perrine, Trump’s director of press communications, applauded the president for “rocking a mask like a boss.”
Brad Parscale, campaign manager for Trump’s reelection efforts, likewise sent out a supportive tweet.
“#AmericaFirst,” he said.
A strategic advisor for Trump’s campaign, Boris Epshteyn, even suggested that the president finally wearing a mask would lead him to victory in 2020.
“Goodnight, @JoeBiden,” Epshteyn said.
Jason Miller, a senior advisor for Trump’s campaign, agreed.
“Joe Biden is finished,” Miller said.
Trump’s senior legal advisor Jenna Ellis stated that wearing a mask is “presidential.”
But it wasn’t just the president’s staff defending him. Conservative pundits also lavished praise on the commander-in-chief.
“Leading by example Mr. President,” Amy Tarkanian said. “Thank you.”
Conservatives argued that masks had been cool all along, but that it was actually Biden’s fault that they didn’t originally look cool.
Conservatives who still refuse to wear masks, such as controversial congressional candidate KW Miller, still rushed to congratulate Trump, saying that he looks “intensely masculine.”
Biden’s campaign responded to Trump’s face covering by pointing out just how long it took the president to finally adhere to proper health guidelines.
“Donald Trump spent months ignoring the advice of medical experts and politicizing wearing a mask, one of the most important things we can do to prevent the spread of the virus,” campaign spokesman Andrew Bates told ABC News. “Rather than taking responsibility and leading, he wasted four months that Americans have been making sacrifices by stoking divisions and actively discouraging people from taking a very basic step to protect each other.”
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H/T Jesse Lehrich