Just one day after President Trump broke with his months-long resistance to mask-wearing, and as coronavirus cases continue to spike across the U.S., on Thursday, Fox News aired a public service announcement with Sean Hannity encouraging viewers to wear masks.
“Alright, so I’ve been saying all along, throughout the pandemic, COVID-19, essential employees all across America, they never stopped working. Masks, PPE, it kept them safe. And I was right here in the epicenter, and every store I went to, everybody was wearing their mask, and thankfully, at my grocery store, nobody got COVID-19,” Hannity said. “So what did I learn? I don’t have a problem wearing a mask, especially if it means we can go to a ballgame, or to defend grandma, grandpa, mom and dad. That’s why I choose to do it.”
It wasn’t long ago that Trump mocked Joe Biden for wearing a mask on Memorial Day, as did Hannity’s Fox News colleague Brit Hume. But Hannity admonished Memorial Day revelers for not taking proper precautions.
Showing footage of a pool party at the Lake of the Ozarks, Hannity said, “There’s no mask-wearing here that I see. Not much at all. I see no social distancing. But if they get the virus and then are in contact with older, more vulnerable Americans, that could be a disaster for others. That’s why the short period of time—it’s only temporary. If you can’t social distance, please wear a mask. Do it for your mom, your dad, your grandma, your grandpa.”
Hannity added, “We also need to use some common sense.”
Hannity airs weeknights at 9 p.m. on Fox News Channel.
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