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Liz Cheney posts photo of former VP in face mask and says 'real men wear masks'

June 26, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney posted a photo of former Vice President Dick Cheney sporting a face mask on Friday and took a shot at the manhood of people who refuse to wear face coverings in a seeming jab at President Donald Trump.

(CNN)Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney posted a photo of former Vice President Dick Cheney sporting a face mask on Friday and took a shot at the manhood of people who refuse to wear face coverings in a seeming jab at President Donald Trump.

Liz Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, posted the photo her father as lawmakers push harder for their constituents to wear face masks to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Trump has been loath to wear a mask, despite the advice of public health experts.

"Dick Cheney says WEAR A MASK.

#realmenwearmasks," the younger Cheney tweeted Friday along with a photo of her father wearing a mask.

But Trump has continued to defy health recommendations and has been reluctant to be seen wearing a mask in public.

Some Republican governors, such as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, have resisted mandating face masks be worn in public in their states despite new coronavirus peaks in their states.

Experts say wearing a face mask or other face covering could reduce the transmission of Covid-19 by as much as 50%.

Cheney said in March that the US must address its health care crisis in order to restore the economy, as some of Trump's allies pushed to reopen the country despite the threat of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cheney is not alone in calling for mask-wearing.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, whose state of Florida has seen a recent surge of coronavirus cases, said Wednesday that "everyone should just wear a damn mask. "

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden said Friday that if elected president, he would make wearing a face covering in public mandatory.

Last month, Trump and the White House had mocked Biden for wearing a mask outdoors to a Memorial Day event, leading Biden to fire back in an interview with CNN, calling Trump "an absolute fool. "

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