‘This Is No Joke’: Michigan AG Calls Trump ‘A Petulant Child’ for Refusing to Wear Mask During Ford Visit

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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Thursday called President Donald Trump “a petulant child” for refusing to wear a mask during much of his tour of a Ford manufacturing plant, warning that the president’s decision to flout coronavirus safety guidelines sets a dangerous example and puts people’s health at risk.

“I think the message he sent is the same message since he first took office in 2017, which is, ‘I don’t care about you. I don’t care about your health. I don’t care about your safety. I don’t care about your welfare. I don’t care about anyone but myself,'” Nessel said in an appearance on CNN following Trump’s tour of the Ypsilanti, Michigan Ford facility, whose policy requires a face covering while inside the plant.

Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also signed an executive order requiring face masks in enclosed public spaces.

“Today’s events were extremely disappointing and yet totally predictable,” said Nessel. “The president is like a petulant child who refuses to follow the rules. And I have to say, this is no joke. I mean, you just reported that 93,000 people have died in the United States. He’s in a county right now where over 100 people have died. I am 20 minutes away from him in Wayne County where we’ve had over 2,300 people die.”

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Trump did wear a mask at one point during the visit but took it off while in view of television cameras because, in his words, he “didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it.”

Some photos of Trump wearing a mask inside the facility circulated on social media:

As the Washington Post reported Thursday, Trump “has previously said that while he supported public health recommendations for face masks as an effective way to prevent transmission of the virus, he did not plan to wear one because it would be unseemly, especially in the Oval Office.”

“I was given a choice,” Trump told reporters when asked why he was not wearing a mask like the Ford executives who directed his tour of the facility. “I had one on in an area where they preferred it. So I put it on, and it was very nice, it looked very nice, but they said not necessary here.”

In a letter (pdf) to Trump ahead of his visit, Nessel implored the president to wear a mask during the Ford tour, writing that “anyone who has potentially been recently exposed, including the president of the United States, has not only a legal responsibility, but also a social and moral responsibility, to take reasonable precautions to prevent further spread of the virus.”

“It is not just the policy of Ford, by virtue of the governor’s executive orders,” wrote Nessel. “It is currently the law of this state. Michigan has been hit especially hard by the virus, with more than 50,000 confirmed cases and 5,000 deaths.”

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7 Comments on "‘This Is No Joke’: Michigan AG Calls Trump ‘A Petulant Child’ for Refusing to Wear Mask During Ford Visit"

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David Bishop
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David Bishop

I want a red one with white-stenciled MAGA on it.

Don
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You are ajackass

John Johnson
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John Johnson

Just an AS$HOLE!!!

chris whitley
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chris whitley

Well shucks, all this time I thought he “was” wearing a mask. You mean he really looks like that. Dam, I would put the mask back on.

Alfred Higgins
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Alfred Higgins

Elect a clown, expect a clown circus fire drill!

Independent
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Independent

So tell him he needs to wear a mask or the tour is over. The law applies to everyone although he and his apostles do not believe rules apply to them. Maybe the virus will convince them rules do apply or maybe the virus will just thin the herd.

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico
Trump doesn’t want to smear his makeup over his face . Most of us can see the extreme vanity of Trump’s self image , ( what to hell does he see when he looks into a mirror)? Some old guy , with a comb over that walks like a duck , with a horrible complexion ( made worse by what ever he’s put on his face to cover it ), and not realizing he looks ridiculous. But there’s no accounting for self deception. Like the JOKER , who said “ wait till they get a load of me “! Well… Read more »