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The politics of wearing a mask hits US Senate race in Alabama

July 1, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Democratic Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama is running a new television ad commending people in his state for following the advice of medical professionals and wearing masks, as top Republicans pressure President Donald Trump to encourage Americans to wear them to limit the spread of coronavirus.

(CNN)Democratic Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama is running a new television ad commending people in his state for following the advice of medical professionals and wearing masks, as top Republicans pressure President Donald Trump to encourage Americans to wear them to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the top Republican on the Senate Health Committee, and some top health care officials in the Trump administration have all encouraged wearing a mask as a way to slow the spread of Covid-19.

Alexander urged Trump on Tuesday to "just get rid of this mask politics," adding that "it hurts the country and it doesn't help him. " Alexander, who is retiring after this term, said the debate "makes no sense" because Trump supporters would help the President win reelection if they wore masks to contain the disease and reopen the economy sooner.

Trump has continued to defy health experts' recommendations and shown reluctance to wear a mask in public, telling the Wall Street Journal it is "a double-edged sword" that could make people more likely to get infected since wearers fidget with them and could get a false sense of security.

Lathan said the Jones ad is a "good mask public service announcement" but that it omits Jones' voting record, which she said strikes against the will of the majority of Alabamians, including voting to remove the President after his impeachment and against the confirmation of now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

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