Days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called President Donald Trump vain for his refusal to wear a face mask, she received a dose of similar opprobrium.
The party leader was reportedly spotted without a mask during a swearing-in ceremony for a Democratic legislator on Tuesday, according to The Political Insider.
“It’s a vanity thing”
Many Trump critics have long accused his administration of failing to take the ongoing coronavirus pandemic seriously enough, especially as he looks to reopen much of the country from associated lockdown orders.
When the president toured an Arizona factory making face masks on Tuesday, Pelosi voiced her disapproval over the fact that he arrived without a mask of his own.
“It’s a vanity thing, I guess, with him,” she said in an interview the following day, according to Fox News. “I don’t know why it would be vain, but anyway, it’s a vanity thing.” Pelosi went on to assert that Trump should “have the confidence to honor the guidance” of expert advisers and “should have worn a face mask.”
Some of her detractors, however, are reacting to her allegations of vanity with their own claims of hypocrisy after she was photographed without a mask.
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The House speaker was present for the ceremony this week to swear in Rep. Kweisi Mfume (D-MD), who will fill the late Elijah Cummings’ seat.
Blame on both sides
As for his appearance in Arizona, Trump subsequently said that he put a mask on prior to walking out onto the factory floor, but took it off following a conversation with a company executive.
Vice President Mike Pence also received recent criticism for declining to wear a mask during a stop at the Mayo Clinic, a decision for which he has since apologized, Reuters notes.
Of course, leaders on the other side of the aisle have also been caught without a mask, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a major proponent of the recommended safety measure.
While Trump has reportedly told his aides that wearing a mask would send a depressing message and make him look ridiculous, some might theorize this is why some Democrats keep pushing for him to wear one.