While Jacksonville is preparing for Trump's big event, the Republican president has so far been averse to wear a mask in public, a stance that has been imitated by some of his fervent fans but which has also been criticized for failing to convey the seriousness of the pandemic in the US. "I don't see any downside to the president wearing a mask in public", Doocy said while interviewing Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.
"I am encouraging everyone to WEAR YOUR MASKS!" he said.
The city of Jacksonville, Florida, where Trump will accept the Republican presidential nomination in August, adopted a mandatory mask requirement for public and indoor locations on Monday.
Doocy even suggested an updated play on Trump's campaign slogan.
"Trump could've worn a mask for four weeks, asked people on the other side of the aisle to do the same and you'd get a dramatic reduction in the infection rate and start to operate very close to normal again", said Andy Slavitt, the former head of Medicare and Medicaid during Barack Obama's administration.
Calls for wearing masks to help curb the spread of COVID-19 got louder in the U.S. on Monday as more Republicans and state officials advocated for face coverings.
"And where you can't maintain social distancing, wearing a mask is just a good idea". "Don't you think it'd be a powerful symbol if the president of the United States would put on a mask and understand what so many people around the country are doing to try to slow down the spread of this thing?" Look, anecdotally, I was in the epicenter of this. I went to my grocery store every week, guess what? Wearing a mask can protect people 75 percent more than without a mask.
In recent days, a number of influential Republicans have made statements supporting the use of face masks.
"Everyone should just wear a damn mask", GOP Sen.
Pollitt said she has had a positive response from schools in CT to her urgings to wear masks but added there is "definitely a cultural shift" needed for Americans to fully embrace them. Marco Rubio of Florida said last week.
"The president has plenty of admirers", Alexander said. "They would follow his lead, it would help end this political debate".
Mitch McConnell tweeted his support of mask-wearing Monday, writing: "We must have no stigma, none, about wearing masks when we leave our homes and come near other people".
Well over a dozen states and Washington, DC, have mandated mask-wearing in public spaces, and polling has repeatedly shown a strong majority of Americans support wearing face-coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.