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MSNBC 21 May 2020

President Donald Trump Eschews Leadership Role, Flouts Michigan Mask Rule

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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer talks with Rachel Maddow about her disappointment, though not surprise, that Donald Trump did not fulfill the responsibility of his leadership role to model behavior for the sake of public health and instead chose to flout the state's mask rule while touring a car factory where everyone was wearing a mask. Aired on 5/21/2020.


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IT IS GOING TO TAKE A WHILE TO
COME BACK FROM THIS.
THERE IS NO QUESTION.
>> ON THE ISSUE OF THE EPIDEMIC
PER YOUR EXECUTIVE ORDER IN THE
STATE, ANYBODY WHO IS MEDICALLY
ABLE TO DO SO HAS TO WEAR
SOMETHING THAT COVERS THEIR FACE
IN ENCLOSED SPACES. THE WHOLE COUNTRY WATCHED TODAY,
THE WHOLE COUNTRY WATCHED TODAY,
AS THE PRESIDENT SORT OF
PERSONALLY, GLEEFULLY
THROUGHOUTED THAT FLOUTED
THAT WHEN HE VISITED YOUR STATE
AND VISITED A PLANT AND DIDN’T
WEAR A MASK AT LEAST FOR MOST OF
THE VISIT AND PHOTOS DID SURFACE
APPARENTLY IN OTHER PARTS OF THE
PLANT WEARING A MASK BUT TALKING
TO THE PRESS, HE WAS SORT OF
BRAGGING ABOUT THE FACT THAT HE
WASN’T DOING SO.
I JUST WANTED TO ASK YOUR
RESPONSE TO THAT.
IT’S PUBLIC HEALTH BEHAVIOR
MODELING BY THE PRESIDENT AT ONE
LEVEL.
BUT IT IS ALSO SPECIFICALLY
FLOATING YOUR ORDER IN THE
STATE.
>>.
WELL IT’S DISAPPOINTING, IT
WASN’T SURPRISING BUT IT WAS
DISAPPOINTING.
I THINK THAT OUR BIG THREE HAVE
JUST STARTED THE REENGAGEMENT,
RIGHT?
THEY ARE PHASING IN REENGAGING,
AFTER WHAT HAS BEEN A
STAY-AT-HOME ORDER, AND THE UAW
MEMBERS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT
THEIR SAFETY, NATURALLY, THEY
WORKED VERY CLOSELY, THE HEAD OF
THE UAW, RORY GAMBLES, WORKED
VERY CLOSELY WITH THE HEAD OF
THE BIG THREE, TO MAKE SURE THAT
HIS MEMBERS WOULD BE SAFE WHEN
THEY WENT BACK TO THE WORKPLACE.
AS YOU SAW IN THE FOOTAGE, ALL
OF THE FORD EXECUTIVES WORE THE
MASKS.
ALL OF THE EMPLOYEES WERE
WEARING MASKS.
ALL OF THE PRESS WERE.
AND IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT
ANYONE WITH A PLATFORM HAS A
RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE THAT
THEY MODEL PRECISELY WHAT WE’RE
ASKING EVERYONE ELSE TO DO.
THIS IS ABOUT PUBLIC HEALTH.
NOT ONE PERSON’S OR ANOTHER.
THIS IS ABOUT ALL OF US.
AND ANYONE IN A POSITION OF

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