The Daily Beast reports:
Retiring Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) implored President Donald Trump to publicly wear a mask on Sunday in order to cool the politicization of mask-wearing, appealing to the president’s vanity in the process.
The conservative senator ended his plea to Trump by playing to the president’s well-known obsession with appearing strong and tough.
“People admire him and will follow his lead,” Alexander concluded. “So I think it would be a sign of strength if he would from time to time wear a mask and remind everyone that it is a good way to help with this disease.”
GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander urges Trump to wear mask bc it’d “help us get rid of this political debate that says if you’re for Trump, you don’t wear a mask, if you’re against Trump, you do” and him wearing mask would help ‘contain’ spread given how many supporters listen to him pic.twitter.com/me4y5GkB4F
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