The President attempts to blame Joe Biden for not implementing a national mask mandate pic.twitter.com/nq9J6cVFoR
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) September 16, 2020
Wait, did he just say he takes advice on mask-wearing from food waiters?
Courtesy of HuffPo:
President Donald Trump moved to blame his Democratic competitor, former Vice President Joe Biden, for not instituting a national mask mandate during the coronavirus pandemic.
The claim, made at an ABC News town hall Tuesday with undecided voters in Pennsylvania, is misleading for two reasons: Biden has, in fact, urged all state governors to mandate mask-wearing to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Democratic candidate is also not the president and has no authority to mandate anything. Trump does.
Julie Bart asked the president why he hadn’t instituted a national mask mandate during the height of the pandemic and why he had largely refused to wear facial coverings even as the nation’s top medical officials urged the public to do so.
“Well, I do wear them when I have to and when I’m in hospitals and other locations,” Trump said. “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.”
After this aired Joe Biden responded on Twitter reminding people that he was not the President, and suggesting that if they wanted to change that they could donate to his campaign.
Trump also had this bizarre interaction with an audience member when asked why he downplayed the severity of the virus in its early days.
In a special @ABC2020, Pres. Trump disputes uncommitted voter who asked why he downplayed a virus that has disproportionately affected communities of color: “I up-played it, in terms of action. My action was very strong.”
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 16, 2020
“Upplay?” Yeah, that’s not a thing.
Every day Trump seems to be coming just that more unraveled.