Here’s why Donald Trump didn’t end the mask debate

Here's why Donald Trump didn't end the mask debate 1

 

President Donald Trump wore a mask while visiting wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and people were very surprised since this is the first time he has been seen in a mask in public during the coronavirus pandemic. Chris Cillizza explains why this is so significant.

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89 Comments on "Here’s why Donald Trump didn’t end the mask debate"

  1. Hey, Chris here — where have you been getting your masks?

  2. Slappywag Waggings | July 14, 2020 at 10:57 AM | Reply

    I agree with the short sleeve dress shirt thing. Unless it’s my old guy summer drinking shirt with palm trees🤪

    • James Heeney | July 14, 2020 at 12:32 PM | Reply

      Totally agree,love palm tree shirts,you can never be angry or upset wearing a shirt like that😁

    • Enlighten us….what is wrong with a shirt that is short sleeved but has a collar? This guy is actually wearing that, once he rolls his sleeves above his elbow.

    • Kris Frederick | July 14, 2020 at 1:15 PM | Reply

      Also something that has a time and a place..

    • AMERICA WILL NEVER END THEIR CRISIS UNTIL THEY GET RID OF THEIR NATURAL BORN LEADER!!

    • Mobley House Video | July 14, 2020 at 4:30 PM | Reply

      That’s not a short sleeve dress shirt. That’s a hawaiin shirt and falls into an entirely different category. What bothers me is when people wear that tucked in like a dress shirt. Talk about a grandpa look.

  3. Rhonda Smith | July 14, 2020 at 11:07 AM | Reply

    The only thing stunning about 67% of people not approving of the way Trump is handling the pandemic is that means 33% approve. That’s the part that Stuns me.

    • yacine yacine | July 14, 2020 at 6:49 PM | Reply

      BAN EVERYTHING! Really you are a fool

    • BAN EVERYTHING! The whole world was saying not to wear masks in March. They were difficult to find and needed for hospital workers. Then, the rest of the world with good leadership mandated masks and got more or less over Covid19. Time the dumb 33% of US got over it too. Wear a mask, be respectful and you will be treated with respect.

    • BAN EVERYTHING! Yeah, so the public wouldn’t buy them all away from healthcare workers… Doesn’t take a smart one to realize that….

    • red is for freedom blue is for losers HAHAHAH BIDEN 2020

    • what stuns me is your stupidity..

  4. Trump should wear a muzzle.

    • Khanh Nguyen | July 14, 2020 at 8:34 PM | Reply

      GiGreen’s mouth is also a dog’s muzzle, oh!💩💩 so you know it 🐕🐕🐕

    • Khanh Nguyen | July 14, 2020 at 8:58 PM | Reply

      If criticizing President Trump for not wearing a mask.
      There are many people who don’t wear masks like : Obama calling for protesters, Cuomo Talk to the media,Alexandria Ocasio Cortez talk on live stream, Governor Newsom talk to the media…
      and the protesters.
      DON’T BARK.VERY BORING.VERY FILTHY
      Personal hatred makes people think stupid and become evil.

    • Khanh Nguyen | July 14, 2020 at 9:00 PM | Reply

      apple tile 👹👹👹👹👹👎👎👎👎

    • Don Siesling | July 14, 2020 at 9:02 PM | Reply

      @S There is nothing positive he has done. That’s why. If you think otherwise you probably have not followed what’s been going on!!!!

  5. Elaine Ingram | July 14, 2020 at 11:26 AM | Reply

    I dont follow the orange guy of the US. I’ve been wearing a mask since March

    • Bennie Crawford | July 14, 2020 at 1:40 PM | Reply

      BAN EVERYTHING! That’s a lie and you know it. You trolls have absolutely no conscience and one day this will all come down on you wither you believe it or not. Your not just helping out Trump you are helping to kill people.

    • Harold Moore | July 14, 2020 at 2:27 PM | Reply

      BAN EVERYTHING! So was Trump idiot.

    • Harold Moore | July 14, 2020 at 2:29 PM | Reply

      LAST CALL Trump lies and still lies to you everyday and still support him you filthy rat.

    • Harold Moore | July 14, 2020 at 2:30 PM | Reply

      agf1700 he’s stuck in the fifties.

    • good for you Elaine..now go get your trophy and stand in front of the class room and tell everyone what a good girl you are

  6. I would say better late than never, but I’m not giving him credit. He has learned nothing and is only doing this because his original viewpoint was hurting him, as usual.

    • AMERICA WILL NEVER END THEIR CRISIS UNTIL THEY GET RID OF THEIR NATURAL BORN LEADER!!

    • James Richard | July 14, 2020 at 4:16 PM | Reply

      WLR Is Never Dropping you do not need social media to see how horrible that man is 😂 just listen to him talk and see what he tweets. He tweeted videos of a man screaming white power, and that democrats are only good at one thing, being dead. All he wants is to divide us. He is fighting the courts so much to stop them from releasing his taxes. He blamed Obama for wire taping him, which nothing happened. He downplayed the virus that killed so many Americans. If you support Trump do not call yourself a patriot. He is an idiot that has no plan on how to fix America, only to destroy it. I love my country and that is why I’m voting for BIDEN🇺🇸

    • @WLR Is Never Dropping – well Hitler is dead now and dodo isnt.

    • DrifterKybeKanescythe | July 14, 2020 at 6:00 PM | Reply

      trump has no discipline it seems…he’s obviously not directing us with good paths.
      it seems he will never get what the presidency means…
      man, the guy is not seeming to try to avoiding the coronavirus himself and he’s president…absolutely unreal…
      he’s gotta jump at least two feet…at least on this matter…lol…
      how dare he gives his own cures when he’s not an expert on science…
      he can’t fall into an ocean of reason…if he metaphorically jumped off a boat in such ways…
      he distances himself from reason…like nobody’s business…
      man, into the future…when people publish his history…students will be baffled…
      i know this may not sound like much…but if we still had all…and i mean all of all historical written accounts of research without any war…we’d be building colonies in space by now…let alone know how to keep this earth forever…
      i fear after trump’s presidency…and like joe biden…a president of reason that comes around…we’re gonna have to really refelct on the entireties of history including trump’s history as president.
      obviously a crown is not always important…philosophically speaking…just look at president trump…
      sometimes i don’t wanna give a compliment anymore about how good trump is in business.
      president trump has to focus on the health of america…
      president trump’s manipulation and effectiveness right now…is perhaps only catapulting joe biden into becoming the next president…

    • They should have someone who has a bad case of the virus cough into Trump’s mask before he puts it on to give him a taste of the virus. Wishful thinking.

  7. It boggles my mind that there’s a debate over masks at all. They clearly work, as proven by the REST OF THE WORLD. The reckless selfishness of the “muh freedoms” culture is stunning in the face of more American deaths than all of WW2. Seriously. Put the damn thing on. Wash your hands. Respect others. Or is that too hard?

    • @Andrea M is that why there are no more surgeons? They all died from wearing masks?

    • @Foglight you can make a mask from kitchen roll the uk gov has been nice enough to give you a instructional drawing on how to they are now saying the science has changed on masks okay what science? chronic respiratory acidosis?

    • @Linda and Warren FowlPatt If we just tell Trump supporters that masks protect against 5G satellite rays and stop facial recognition cameras from recognizing them, they’d all wear masks!

    • quomo killed a bunch of old people telling them to wear masks and herding them all back to the old age homes, that sounds pretty reckless to me, didn,t he get that directive from fauci,.. fauci is a wishy washy leftover airhead from obama that should of been canned long ago………..put a helmet on and go hide out in your basement

    • @Ali B yea selective scientist that fit the narrative right.. want to live longer stay away from doctors and big pharma

  8. Mr. Precedent | July 14, 2020 at 11:35 AM | Reply

    I’m so sick of seeing his face I wish he’d cover the whole thing.

    • Yet here you are!!

    • Mr. Precedent CNN welcomes you to the Anti-Trump Media Network. They promise you will NEVER see or hear a positive story on your President or on anything that could be credited to any action he may take while in office. IF you do ever see such on this site, please provide a link to it and they will quickly remove it and fire anyone who was involved in posting it. But, rest assured, there hasn’t been one such posting yet in his last 3 1/2 years in office.

    • Someone should just get rid of his face completely

    • Have you tried turning the channel?

    • get used to it sunshine, trump 2020.. i love all the cnn youtube vids…lol A haven for all you racists that gather to hear yourselves speak and pack each others egos among other things……. lol .. heed to the truth…. your all a bunch of wingnuts……. candice owens knows the truth ..redeem yourself and get cleansed

  9. The Blue Arrow | July 14, 2020 at 11:41 AM | Reply

    Too bad for Trump that the mask won’t cover up all of his crimes, corruption, and gross incompetence.

    • G Porter and that doesn’t matter to you? At least it’s confirmed she acid washed her emails, that just shows dishonesty and being able to be corrupt easily

    • @James Arias pardoning criminals who were witnesses in his own trial, bragging about sexually assaulting women and being called a disgrace by the former joint chiefs of staff is enough. The barely literate conman adulterer must go

    • Kay Bel, US troops with killed with confirmed bounties on their head and not a peep from Trump. Benghazi was a disaster, but at least leadership owned the failure. This is far more than what Trump has done during any of his multiple (i.e., more in 3.5 years than Obama’s 8) fiascos.

    • Aussie Surfer | July 14, 2020 at 7:49 PM | Reply

      Kay Bel who did what now??? Try speaking in English next time, I have no idea what you are talking about, but can only assume you are speaking of another unproven conspiracy theory – ya know the type that keeps you guys all ssooo scared of everything … because that’s what it boils down to, the cowardes of uneducated, easily manipulated persons with no knowledge of the world around them … the right sure does love the stupid and easily frightened…

    • Trump supporters wear blindfolds for that. Maybe that is why they refuse to wear masks, it`s to busy looking on the face.

  10. Trump has told the truth of how he see’s the mask issue. His vanity trumps any health benefit. ApplaudingTrump for wearing a mask is like applauding a child for remembering to flush the toilet & wash their hands.

    • Susan Gunn CNN welcomes you to the Anti-Trump Media Network. They promise you will NEVER see or hear a positive story on your President or on anything that could be credited to any action he may take while in office. IF you do ever see such on this site, please provide a link to it and they will quickly remove it and fire anyone who was involved in posting it. But, rest assured, there hasn’t been one such posting yet in his last 3 1/2 years in office.

    • Someone should have just told him to wear his dad’s Klan hood in public. He is still seeking daddy’s approval and might have motivated him, plus he loves the confederate army so much he should just wear what they became…

    • If we just tell Trump supporters that masks protect against 5G satellite rays and stop facial recognition cameras from recognizing them, they’d all wear masks!

    • S, What “positive story” would you like them to present?

    • susan..your a fool, a brainwashed fool… i will be looking to find you on line when he wins again…that’ll give 4 more years to cry and whine

  11. Paul Combs - BoMuse | July 14, 2020 at 11:50 AM | Reply

    I think the hospital administrators told him “president or no, no one comes in this hospital without a mask.”

    • They loaded his mask up with candy like a horses feed bag…

    • What did he really go to Walter Reed for?!

    • @leroy brown does it bother you his comment got over 100 likes while yours only got…..wow 1. Maybe next time you’ll be more creative when you attempt to roast someone. Try again buddy.

    • @Queen Bee heart problem, they can run most tests at the White House but not MRIs to see internal damage.

    • E. Michael Tanner | July 14, 2020 at 8:25 PM | Reply

      Yes, you are correct. No hospital (these days) will let you in the door unless you are wearing a face covering. And drumpf is no exception. He probably hated to have to do it, but made sure he was photographed with many other staff surrounding him and with the exact same mask on.

  12. Slutty McTits | July 14, 2020 at 12:08 PM | Reply

    3:30 I just now noticed that he said “backstage,” like this is all a scripted TV show. It’s a factory, not a Hollywood set.

  13. Honestly at this stage, if Trump gets infected and ends up on a ventilator, I am ashamed to say I might burst out laughing 😂

    • @angela palmer you are just evil.

    • @Stewart Marsden coming from someone that lives in a society that worships inbreeders.
      Hahahahaha.
      You just can’t make this shi_ up

    • @OriginalPiMan “was”? change of plan? why?

    • OriginalPiMan | July 14, 2020 at 9:11 PM | Reply

      @Anne Rigby
      As I understand, he cancelled it because numbers were low and the Republican governor wasn’t willing to attend the event due to Covid risks (even though cases are steady there).
      I don’t know for sure though; I’m basing this on what I recall from one video a couple days ago. I could be mistaken about the cancellation entirely.

    • you should be ashamed of yourself.. the ugly truth rises its head for dems…. disgusting . all over politics.. they have a special place for you where you are going

  14. I decided very early on that personally i would rather wear a mask than a ventilator. Not just for myself but my family. One with Asthma the other with congestive heart disease. It’s called not being selfish.

  15. It seems a lot of those who don’t have enough sense to wear a mask or else don’t care to infect, and possibly kill other people, just want to blame Dr. Fauci when trump is clearly at fault here. He’s done nothing to try to contain the virus. He failed to produce the PPE health care workers and the general public needed to stay safe. He kept lying about the pandemic and still does. It boggles my mind how they still follow his lead by choosing not to wear masks and continue to believe his lies. Trump doesn’t care for the People of this country; he only cares for himself!

  16. Let’s not forget that he consistently called wearing masks “politically correct”.

  17. Tania Elliott | July 14, 2020 at 2:39 PM | Reply

    I’m sure the hospital made him. He looks furious.

  18. He should be wearing a mask all the time to stop him spreading lies virus from his infested mouth.

  19. Jeffrey Photonboy | July 14, 2020 at 4:35 PM | Reply

    *”Hey Trump, Anthony Hopkins has a more suitable mask you can borrow…”*

  20. Litecoin Bull | July 14, 2020 at 4:44 PM | Reply

    putting on a mask 4 months into a pandemic is like putting a condom on at a baby shower

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