[guest post by Dana]
I know this is low-hanging fruit but it’s also Trump at his most Trumpian. Confused, indignant at being confronted about a hot-button issue, deflecting, assigning blame to someone else, and making excuses for his actions. In other words, offering everything but a well-thought-out, logical explanation for his decisions:
President Donald Trump caused some confusion during an ABC News town hall on Tuesday when he criticized Democratic nominee Joe Biden for not following through on a pledge to institute a mask mandate to control the spread of COVID-19 – even though Biden does not hold office – and citing restaurant servers as a group opposed to the use of masks…
“The wearing of masks has proven to lessen the spread of COVID. Why don’t you support a mandate for national mask-wearing? And why don’t you wear a mask more often?” asked Bard, who said she voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016.
“Well, I do wear them when I have to, and when I’m in hospitals and other locations,” Trump replied. “But I will say this: They said at the Democrat convention they’re going to do a national mandate. They never did it, because they’ve checked out and they didn’t do it. And a good question is, you ask why Joe Biden – they said we’re going to do a national mandate on masks.”
Moderator George Stephanopoulos pointed out that Biden encouraged governors to institute mask mandates.
“Well no, but he didn’t do it. I mean, he never did it,” Trump said.
He added that a lot of people don’t want to wear masks:
“A lot of people don’t want to wear masks,” Trump said, immediately after his criticism of Biden for not implementing a mandate. “A lot of people think that masks are not good,” he added.
“Who are those people?” asked Stephanopoulos.
“I’ll tell you who those people are: waiters,” Trump said. “They come over and they serve you, and they have a mask. And I saw it the other day where they were serving me, and they’re playing with the mask. I’m not blaming them, I’m just saying what happens. They’re playing with the mask, so the mask is over, and they’re touching it, and then they’re touching the plate. That can’t be good.”
[Ed. By this “logic,” Trump should then be praising Biden for *not* implementing a mask mandate in Trump’s imaginary world.]
I can’t even. The President seems determined to ignore the pandemic at all costs. Deny the efficacy of masks and the effectiveness of wearing one, and act as if his wishcasting has worked. Anything but face the fact that he is the President of the United States, we are in the middle of a pandemic, and that the buck stops with him.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 16, 2020