(Tea Party PAC) – The left is in a tizzy again over Trump and masks, but what else is new.
During a White House press briefing on Monday, President Donald Trump politely asked a Reuters reporter to remove his mask, because he could not hear his “muffled” question.
The reporter, Jeff Mason, became an instant hero of the leftist false religion of coronavirus superstition, naturally, as he refused to remove the mask and said he’d simply speak louder.
BizPac Review reports:
Trump opened up the conference for questions after delivering a speech touting the recovery of the U.S. economy and criticizing his 2020 Democratic opponent Joe Biden. As Mason stood up in the outdoor setting to ask his question, the president interjected to say he was having troubling understanding him because of his protective face covering.
“You’re going to have to take that off, please. You can take it off. How many feet are you away?” Trump said.
“I’ll speak a lot louder,” Mason, who was once president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, responded after politely refusing.
Before the meeting, Mason had tweeted that the setting for the press briefing was outdoors and was the first time he had seen one held in the North Portico of the White House in his dozen years “on the beat.”
Awaiting @realDonaldTrump press conference. Have never seen a presidential presser in the North Portico of the White House in 12 years covering the beat. This is Trump’s only Labor Day event and is likely to be highly political in nature. pic.twitter.com/QZczyDjxuL
— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) September 7, 2020
“Well, if you don’t take it off — you’re very muffled,” Trump replied to Mason’s offer to speak louder. “So if you would take it off, it would be a lot easier.”
“I’ll just speak a lot louder. Is that better?” the reporter countered, declining again to remove his face mask.
Though the president did not seem satisfied, emitting an audible sigh at Mason’s response, he acknowledged, “It’s better. Yeah — it’s better.”
So, to be clear, the two were outside, they were well over 6’ apart, and Mason wouldn’t have out anyone at risk had he removed his mask for a brief moment to ask his question so they could get on with the presser.
The media, naturally, reported that Trump had “ordered” Mason to remove the mask.
👏👏👏👏 Nicely done, Jeff!
— Tracy 😷 (@YankeesfanTracy) September 7, 2020
Good for him 🙏 much respect.
— Jeny F (@JenyF12) September 7, 2020
Other Twitter users, however, defended POTUS and called out the press for their hypocrisy.
He says it’s much easier to hear and understand them, which is was. That’s not controversial, you know what would be, if Trump didn’t take the questions of people wearing masks. All this was is him asking for the guy to take the mask off for a minute while they were 25ft apart.
— Aditya Aryaman (@AdityaAryaman) September 8, 2020
We have seen many times the press removing their masks as soon as they thought they were off camera following a press conference. But, being that they are generally all anti-Trump they attack him for asking someone to remove their mask long enough for their question to be heard.
— Brad (@BradRMarchand) September 8, 2020
He’s outside, distanced from people. Take off the mask.
— SC (@sconos26) September 7, 2020
They are outside and 6 feet apart. They are also tested. These people are ridiculous and I’d bet if anyone followed this guy around they’d find him without a mask when he’s not preening for the cameras.
— Fiery But Mostly Peaceful (@jimni271) September 7, 2020
Interestingly, a little while after Trump’s interaction with Mason, a reporter from The Guardian who was standing further back in the seating area, removed his mask to ask his question.
Like a sensible freaking person.
“You sound so clear, as opposed to everybody else where they refuse,” Trump noted. LOL!