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Some Simple Math On Trump And Masks

If the President wore a mask, many more Americans would wear masks. How many? We don’t think it’s a stretch to say millions and millions…

All you need to do is look at the numbers.

Let’s break it down: there are around 30,000,000 registered Republicans in this country. Let’s take Trump at his word that he has a 96% approval rating among registered Republicans. So that’s around 29,000,000 Trump “fans”. Now let’s say just 10% of them are not wearing a mask because the President is not wearing a mask, and would be wearing a mask if the President was wearing a mask.

That’s 2,900,000 more people who would we wearing a mask if the President was. But they’re not. That’s equivalent to the population of Chicago.

Think there’s any chance that’s turned into zero infections? Zero spread? How many people got sick and continue to get sick because of Trump’s vanity?

Think Trump’s self-professed popularity numbers are baloney? Then let’s take the most recent poll from Gallup: it shows Trump’s approval rating now at 85% among Republicans. So that’s 25 and a half million people. Take the same 10%, and you’d have 2,500,000 more mask wearers.

That’s still millions and millions. Minimum.

And that’s if just 10% (!) of his followers follow his lead. Let’s look at what happens if 30% of his followers are not wearing a mask, but would if he was. That’d be almost 9,000,000 more people regularly wearing masks than now. (And in that calculation, 7 out of 10 still wouldn’t be!) 50% of his followers = nearly 15-million more Americans wearing masks.

But instead of at least encouraging mask wearing, Trump actively works to undermine it, flaunting his own White House recommendations that people wear masks and Retweeting stuff equating mask wearing with weakness. But most forcefully by never wearing a mask himself, at least not in public: “I won’t be doing it”.

Even though there’s more and more compelling evidence mask wearing makes a significant difference.

Trump’s own former FDA Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, points to a newly released report, which concludes “routine face mask use by 50% or more of the population” would reduce COVID-19 spread to a level where each infected person is infecting less than one additional person, making it impossible — in the long run — for the disease to endure.

In the Czech Republic, mask wearing was quickly and widely adopted to fight Coronavirus. Now, that country’s opened up again without masks.

And while the protestors we’ve seen over the past few weeks are taking risks too of catching and spreading COVID-19, most have been wearing masks, which in many cases has served a dual and necessary purpose.

When seat belt laws were first introduced, a lot of people fought them saying they restricted personal freedoms. But laws against texting and driving were hardly as controversial. Why? Because by wearing a seat belt you are — for the most part — only protecting yourself. When you text and drive you are — for the most part — putting others at risk. And Americans, most of the time, while steadfast in not wanting anyone to tell them what to do with their own lives, are usually willing to be more flexible, or at least see some value in looking out for others.

Which really makes us wonder why that isn’t the case now. Especially since all this is temporary… Except we know, don’t we?

Even the President’s original excuse for not wearing a mask doesn’t hold water anymore (not that it ever did, really):

I think wearing a face mask as I greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens, I don’t know. Somehow, I don’t see it for myself.”

Because did it ever really have to do with that? Or was it just aboutmessing up his spray tan?

But let’s again take Trump at his word. Thing is, most if not all of his favorite “dictators” have been wearing masks nowadays.

Egypt’s al-Sisi:

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The Philippines’ Duterte:

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Of course, China’s President Xi:

Putin goes full Hazmat:

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So is it really that important to Trump to be as big a lunatic as the President of Brazil?

Oh, wait. Even he wore a mask recently:

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Peabody award winning journalist. Streaming media pioneer. Played @ CBGB back in the day. Editor-In-Chief "The Chaos Report"

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