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Fri Jul 3, 2020, 12:54 AM

This is how you lose a culture war

This is how you lose a culture war.

President Trump has waved the white flag by wearing a black mask to ward off the coronavirus — and it’s fitting that even in defeat, he makes himself out to be a hero: “Looked like the Lone Ranger,” he told Fox Business on Wednesday about his own experience donning a face covering.

The analogy suggests Trump needs a lesson in mask-placement protocol. But still, the guy who instigated an incomprehensible cross-aisle clash over the utility of a piece of cloth now says he’s “all for masks” indoors where distancing isn’t possible. So what gives? The right-wing retreat suggests there’s only so much reality-warping this administration can get away with.

The president’s concession to basic science came after a cascade of allies offered olive branches of their own, following weeks of scoffing at the need for CDC compliance. Some semi-moderates had long been subtly urging mask use, so it was hardly a shock when Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) cued in a chorus of blunter language with the declaration, “Everyone should just wear a damn mask.” What followed, however, was more surprising.

“We must have no stigma, none,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) exhorted on the chamber’s floor earlier this week, pushing his caucus to fall in line.

“I went to my grocery store every week, guess what? They wore masks,” Sean Hannity said on Fox News. “Nobody at my grocery store, thank God, got coronavirus. I think they work.”

And then there really were none — except the one who started it all.


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Fri Jul 3, 2020, 01:07 AM

1. Reality and fact don't give a single damn about politics.

It's well past time rightwankers figured that out.

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Fri Jul 3, 2020, 08:03 AM

2. My version of that sentiment...

Science is undefeated going up against wishful thinking

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