President Donald Trump mocked the Fox News host Laura Ingraham, one of his most influential media boosters, for wearing a face mask at his Friday campaign rally in Waterford Township, Michigan.
During an off-script portion of his speech, the president mentioned that Ingraham was at the rally and looked around to point her out to the crowd. But Trump quickly pounced on Ingraham when he saw that she had donned a face mask.
“I can’t recognize you. Is that a mask? No way. Are you wearing a mask? I’ve never seen her in a mask,” Trump said. “Look at you. Oh, she’s being very politically correct. Whoa. Whoa.”
Trump has regularly criticized mask-wearing, despite scientific evidence proving it an effective way to curb COVID-19 transmission, and has mocked others for wearing face masks. The president routinely makes fun of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for wearing a mask, even after Trump, the first lady, and several campaign and White House staffers contracted the virus.
Trump has also repeatedly spread false claims and misinformation about the virus, including that American doctors are fabricating COVID-19 deaths, scientists have developed “miracle cures” for the virus, and the pandemic is “rounding the turn.”
“If you get it, you’re going to get better,” Trump told his supporters at Friday’s rally. “And then you’re going to be immune, and it’s a whole thing, and it goes away.”
The technical storage or access is strictly necessary for the legitimate purpose of enabling the use of a specific service explicitly requested by the subscriber or user, or for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of a communication over an electronic communications network.
The technical storage or access is necessary for the legitimate purpose of storing preferences that are not requested by the subscriber or user.
The technical storage or access that is used exclusively for statistical purposes.The technical storage or access that is used exclusively for anonymous statistical purposes. Without a subpoena, voluntary compliance on the part of your Internet Service Provider, or additional records from a third party, information stored or retrieved for this purpose alone cannot usually be used to identify you.
The technical storage or access is required to create user profiles to send advertising, or to track the user on a website or across several websites for similar marketing purposes.