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Hannibal Lecter or Darth Vader? Trump's public mask debut sets fire to social media


Donald Trump's public debut of his face covering on Saturday sparked a violent reaction on social media when the sight of the unpopular president with a mask brought comparisons to fictional villains like Darth Vader and Hannibal Lecter.

President Trump put on a face mask on Saturday when he visited the restored military personnel at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Trump was reluctant to wear a mask in public, although senior Republicans had urged Americans, who were originally constitutionally against face covering, to use it to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Critics attacked Trump because he was unwilling to accept facewear, which is now considered the best tool available to combat the angry pandemic that has killed more than 134,000 Americans so far.

Donald Trump wore a face mask on Saturday to visit the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland

Trump's appearance in a mask had a Twitter user who compared him to the evil Hannibal Lecter, the diabolical criminal portrayed by Anthony Hopkins (left) in Silence of the Lambs

Trump's appearance in a mask had a Twitter user who compared him to the evil Hannibal Lecter, the diabolical criminal portrayed by Anthony Hopkins (left) in Silence of the Lambs

Other Twitter users joked that the president resembled Darth Vader, the villain from the Star Wars saga

Other Twitter users joked that the president resembled Darth Vader, the villain from the Star Wars saga

A Twitter user said Trump looked like "psycho super villain Bane" from the DC Comics series

A Twitter user said Trump looked like "psycho super villain Bane" from the DC Comics series

Trump has been roasted on social media by critics who berate the president for a gesture they call "too little, too late."

"I have to admit that I prefer him in the mask," tweeted the Twitter user Peg Rasmussen.

"Less of the bad face I have to see."

Stephen King, the bestselling author and frequent Trump critic, tweeted: “TRUMP WEARS MASK! Too bad that this has to be a headline. "

A republican from Never Trump, Ana Navarro-Cardenas, tweeted, "This visit to a hospital was only made to allow Trump to wear a mask without giving the impression that he was under pressure."

She continued, "This time he used Walter Reed as a prop instead of a church and a Bible."

Walter Reed is a hospital that treats wounded soldiers.

Other Twitter users mocked Trump supporters and election workers who congratulated the president on wearing the mask.

Stephen King, the bestselling author and frequent Trump critic, tweeted: ¿TRUMP WEARS MASK! Sorry that this has to be a headline.

Stephen King, the bestselling author and frequent Trump critic, tweeted: “TRUMP WEARS MASK! Too bad that this has to be a headline. "

A republican from Never Trump, Ana Navarro-Cardenas, tweeted: "This visit to a hospital was staged for the sole purpose of allowing Trump to wear a mask without looking as if he had been pressured."

A republican from Never Trump, Ana Navarro-Cardenas, tweeted, "This visit to a hospital was only made to allow Trump to wear a mask without giving the impression that he was under pressure."

JD Bender tweeted: ¿Team Trump gave good boys head pats to try to get the upper child to continue wearing a mask. The tweet continued: (Note: He was with Walter Reed and the photo op Cost / Benefit finally penetrated his sociopathy for a minute.)

JD Bender tweeted: "Team Trump gave good boys head pats to try to get the upper child to continue wearing a mask." The tweet continued: "(Note: He was with Walter Reed and the photo op costs / benefits finally penetrated his sociopathy for a minute.) & # 39;

"I have to admit that I prefer him in the mask," tweeted the Twitter user Peg Rasmussen. "Less of the bad face I have to see."

Karen Tumulty, a journalist, tweeted: ¿Trump finally put on a mask. Dear crazy right people, it's okay for you to do it now.

Karen Tumulty, a journalist, tweeted: “Trump finally put on a mask. Dear crazy right people, it's okay for you to do it now. "

Another meme shows the presenter of the television talk show, Maury Povich, in a letter saying: "You say you are a patriot ... the fact that you are not wearing a mask to save American lives determines that this is a lie. "

Another meme shows the presenter of the television talk show, Maury Povich, in a letter saying: "You say you are a patriot … the fact that you are not wearing a mask to save American lives determines that this is a lie. "

JD Bender tweeted: "Team Trump is giving good boys head pats to try to get the upper child to continue wearing a mask."

The tweet continued: "(Note: He was with Walter Reed and the cost / benefit of the photo op finally penetrated his sociopathy for a minute.)"

Another meme shows the presenter of the television talk show, Maury Povich, in a letter saying: "You say you are a patriot … the fact that you are not wearing a mask to save American lives determines that this is a lie. "

A meme seemed to praise Trump and juxtaposed a photo of the president in a mask with one of his democratic opponents, Joe Biden.

Biden's photo shows him with a pained expression on his face as Trump poses with a determined look.

"Choose your fighter …" read the tweet.

Karen Tumulty, a journalist, tweeted: “Trump finally put on a mask. Dear crazy right people, it's okay for you to do it now. "

A Twitter user who replied to Tumulty described herself as a "crazy" supporter of the president.

A Twitter user who replied to Tumulty described herself as a "crazy" supporter of the president.

A Twitter user who replied to Tumulty described herself as a "crazy" supporter of the president.

A Twitter user replied to Tumulty by writing: "I still don't wear a mask, but it looks good in his."

A Twitter user replied to Tumulty by saying, "I'm still not wearing a mask, but it looks good in his."

Another Twitter user who replied to Tumulty wrote, "I only wear my mask when I loot or get upset." This comment refers to the protests and riots that broke out in the days and weeks after police killed George Floyd on May 25, a 46-year-old black man in Minneapolis

Another Twitter user who replied to Tumulty wrote, "I only wear my mask when I'm looting or upset." This comment refers to the protests and riots that occurred in the days and weeks after George Floyd's death broke out by police on May 25, a 46-year-old black man in Minneapolis

Another pro-trump meme referred to the president as "Presidential Bada **".

Another pro-trump meme referred to the president as "Presidential Bada **".

A meme seemed to praise Trump and juxtaposed a photo of the president in a mask with one of his democratic opponents, Joe Biden. Biden's photo shows him with a pained expression on his face as Trump poses with a determined look. ¿Choose your fighter¿¿ read the tweet.

A meme seemed to praise Trump and juxtaposed a photo of the president in a mask with one of his democratic opponents, Joe Biden. Biden's photo shows him with a pained expression on his face as Trump poses with a determined look. "Choose your fighter …" read the tweet.

A Trump supporter suggested that liberals would "boycott oxygen" because the president was "pro-oxygen."

A Trump supporter suggested that liberals would "boycott oxygen" because the president was "pro-oxygen."

She tweeted: "(H) He knows how to wear a mask in a hospital … and not for a long time, because wearing a mask for too long damages your immune system.

& # 39; Do your homework. & # 39;

The tweet ended with the hashtag #Maskhysteria.

Another Twitter user who replied to Tumulty wrote, "I only wear my mask when I loot or get upset."

This comment refers to the protests and riots that broke out in the days and weeks after the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, in Minneapolis on May 25.

Conservatives criticized the widespread demonstrations and said they had violated lock orders that forced companies to close.

Another pro-trump meme referred to the president as "Presidential Bada **".

A Twitter user replied to Tumulty by saying, "I'm still not wearing a mask, but it looks good in his."

The President has repeatedly rejected suggestions for wearing a mask, saying that it causes people to touch their faces too much, which is not helpful.

Health experts agree that face masks are useful for stopping the spread of COVID-19.

People around him have told The Associated Press that the President feared a mask would make him look weak and feared that the focus would shift to the public health crisis rather than the economic recovery.

When he left the White House on Saturday afternoon, he told reporters, "Especially when you are in a hospital, a mask is expected to be worn."

Trump informed Fox News on Thursday that he would wear a face mask during the trip.

"I'm going to see Walter Reed to see some of our big soldiers who have been injured," he said to Sean Hannity.

& # 39; badly injured. And also see some of our Covid employees, people who do such a great job.

“And I expect to wear a mask when I go to Walter Reed. You're in a hospital, so I think it's a very appropriate thing. & # 39;

A health professional at Johns Hopkins University believes that Americans will wear masks "for several years."

In the United States, more than 3.1 million people have died from COVID.

In the United States, more than 3.1 million people have died from COVID.

Eric Toner, a senior scientist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, said in an interview with CNET for the Hacking the Apocalypse series that he sees wearing facewear as part of the "new normal".

"I think wearing masks and some social distance will take a few years – hopefully we'll live happily with," Toner said on Monday.

Toner added: & # 39; It's actually pretty easy. If we cover our faces and wear a mask on both you and everyone you interact with, the risk of transmission will decrease significantly. & # 39;

The Walter Reed website contains instructions that visitors "must wear a cloth face over their nose and mouth when entering and moving the facility if they are unable to maintain a social distance of 6 feet".

Trump flew out of the White House on Saturday afternoon, landed at the medical facility at 5:24 p.m., and left Marine One a few minutes later.

Marine One left the White House's South Lawn at 5:14 p.m. on the way to Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland

Marine One left the White House's South Lawn at 5:14 p.m. on the way to Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland

The President arrived at the medical facility at 5:24 p.m. President Trump did not wear a mask when he arrived

The President arrived at the medical facility at 5:24 p.m. President Trump did not wear a mask when he arrived

All of the President's present were photographed with face masks

All of the President's present were photographed with face masks

He spent approximately 40 minutes with patients and staff in a closed session.

Judd Deere, a White House spokesman, made a statement saying, "President Trump is at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to visit brave combat service members and their families, as well as medical personnel who are on the move during the Pandemic has taken care of COVID-19 patients annually. & # 39;

The president completed his visit to the hospital around 6:10 p.m. and Marine Force One flew him back to the White House at 6:25 p.m.

Trump's decision to model a mask in public and advertise it during a Fox News interview on Thursday evening came to CNN after a silent lobby campaign by some White House helpers and political advisers who were familiar with the discussions.

Some of his helpers were reportedly concerned about seeing so many maskless Trump supporters at a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma last month, and concerned about the increase in coronavirus cases in the south.

Eight campaign employees who took part in the Tulsa rally tested positive for COVID-19. This week – three weeks after the rally – there was a record increase in infections in Oklahoma.

On Saturday, the Oklahoma Ministry of Health announced that 687 new COVID-19 cases had been confirmed in the last 24 hours.

It was the second highest increase only after the 858 confirmed cases on Tuesday.

Shortly after his arrival, he boarded Marine One and, after removing his face mask, flew back to the White House

Shortly after his arrival, he boarded Marine One and, after removing his face mask, flew back to the White House

In much of the southern and western United States, the number of COVID-19 missiles is a worrying trend

In much of the southern and western United States, the number of COVID-19 missiles is a worrying trend

The President wore no mask before leaving the White House on Saturday

The President wore no mask before leaving the White House on Saturday

An adviser to the president described the effort as more than a week of "much negotiation" and repeated "pleading" by adjutants who asked the president to give his followers an example by wearing a mask during the visit.

Up until this week, Trump had resisted this persuasion, in part because he was tested daily and considered it an unnecessary step, and also because he didn't want to give in to media criticism and pressure.

"I didn't want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it," Trump said during a visit to a Ford plant in Michigan in May, where he refused to wear a mask that contradicted Ford rules to the press.

He put on the mask when he thought people weren't looking.

Trump was caught in the press in Michigan on May 21 and was wearing a mask

Trump was caught in the press in Michigan on May 21 and was wearing a mask

He showed the mask to press on during the Michigan trip, but didn't want any photos they were wearing

He showed the mask to press on during the Michigan trip, but didn't want any photos they were wearing

Trump has rejected requests to make masks mandatory at its events.

"It's okay to wear a mask if you're comfortable," he said.

A Trump political adviser told CNN that the president was not in favor of forcing people to wear them.

& # 39; This is the president. He doesn't want to say it, ”said the adviser.

Every person attending the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville this August will be tested for the corona virus daily as the cases increase in Florida.

That will result in thousands of daily tests. The arena where Trump will officially accept his party's nomination for a second term seats 15,000. Then there are providers, security personnel and media who work in the area.

Typically, in a host city, an influx of 40,000 to 50,000 people occurs during a political congress when delegates, supporters, security forces, media, demonstrators, and other visitors are considered. It is unclear how the coronavirus pandemic will affect these numbers.

Five senators have already said they will stay away for fear of the pandemic.

DONALD TRUMPS VIEWS ON FACE MASKS

3rd of April: The CDC is beginning to recommend wearing face masks in a confined space.

Trump says: "I don't think I will. I wear a face mask when I greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings and queens – I just don't see it. & # 39;

May 21: Trump visits a Ford factory in Michigan and wears a face mask to view the facility, but takes it off to be seen by the press.

June 5: In a press conference in the rose garden, Trump says: Look at what's going on in Florida. It's incredible. The work that the Florida governor did. It's incredible. You have to open the numbers they make. And you distance yourself socially and wear masks if you want. & # 39;

17th of June: In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump says: "Masks are a double-edged sword. People touch them. And they grab it and I see it all the time. They come in, they take the mask. Now they are holding it in their fingers. And they drop it on the desk and then they touch their eye and they touch their nose.

& # 39; It could be a false sense of security.

& # 39; You can wear it or not. I just want you to be happy. & # 39;

20th June: At his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Trump told the mostly maskless crowd: "You know, there was a time when people thought it was worse to wear a mask."

July 1: Trump told Fox News: "I'm all for masks."

When asked if he would wear one, the president said, "If I were in a close situation with people, I would absolutely do it."

Trump said he had "no problem" wearing a mask in public and that he "somehow liked" how he looked like one and compared himself to the Lone Ranger.

July 9: Trump told Fox News: “I expect to wear a mask when I go to Walter Reed. You're in a hospital, so I think it's a very appropriate thing. & # 39;

July 11: Trump wears a face mask in public for the first time to visit the Walter Reed Medical Center.

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