In a rare move this week, Ivanka Trump showed public disagreement with her father by wearing a mask for a photo-op — and urging others to wear one, too.
On July 1, the 38-year-old posted a photo on Instagram showing herself wearing a light blue face mask as she posed outside with Republican Leader of the House Kevin McCarthy and Republican Rep. Bruce Westerman from Arkansas.
But while Ivanka’s caption encouraged others to follow suit and wear their own masks in public, her father’s supporters are not convinced — and are chastising the first daughter, telling her to remove the mask.
The photo shows Ivanka and the two representatives outside. Rep. Westerman wears a suit and surgical mask, Rep. McCarthy has a gray cloth mask, and Ivanka is modeling a pretty blue watercolor mask.
The caption — which Ivanka copied from Rep. McCarthy — reads ‘Wear a mask. Plant a tree,’ and includes both a tree and a face mask emoji.
Ivanka has been pictured wearing face masks before during the pandemic. She donned a black one while accompanying her father to a photo op outside St. John’s Church, after he’d had protesters cleared away with smoke canisters and pepper balls.
On other occasions, she has been pictured in several different floral masks, and even posed for a selfie with her daughter Arabella in a mask as well.
This, however, appears to be the first time that she has encouraged others to wear masks too — and Trump voters aren’t pleased.
‘Please do not wear a mask that’s not what we were created to do,’ wrote one, while another told her to ‘take the mask off.’
‘I love POTUS but this mask bs needs to stop,’ said another, while others called her ‘silly’ and ‘stupid’ and posted sheep emojis.
More comments have poured in, with countless Trump supporters telling her to lose the mask.
‘Why are you reppin the mask? Take that off…….’ wrote one commenter
‘Mask are bs if you where a mask why social distance all bs political bs,’ wrote another.
‘The administration needs to concentrate more on health, vitamins, and exercise to help fight Covid-19,’ said yet another.
‘You do not need to wear a mask to plant a tree. Fresh air is much healthier for you than breathing in what is in that mask. Plant a tree while breathing fresh air enjoy mother nature. I am a supporter of you and your family but the mask issue has got to end,’ added one more.
‘Why mask now? Surprising. Yall listening to the left fearmongering,’ said yet another commenter, while another commented: ‘I see why Donald Trump Jr is the favorite. No mask for me. Disappointing.’
‘Take them off you look ridiculous,’ chastised one.
‘Wtf Ivanka? Why do you support something you KNOW has sinister intentions? Take off the mask. Youre not a disease carrying death bringer, and this is not a real pandemic. I know you know that. Very disappointing to watch you play along,’ another commenter chimed in.
‘I think you are a great role model… but please take off the mask…. quit furthering the lefts’ agenda!’ complained yet another.
‘Take that lie off your face!’ one more wrote.
The backlash comes from supporters of President Trump, who has famously refused to wear a mask during the pandemic.
However, even he is changing his tune this week.
In an interview with Fox Business on Wednesday, the President said he supports mask-wearing, and insisted that ‘people have seen me wearing one.’
‘I’m all for masks. I think masks are good,’ he said. ‘If I were in a tight situation with people, I would absolutely.
‘I had a mask on. I sort of liked the way I looked. OK. I thought it was OK. It was a dark black mask, and I thought it looked OK.
‘It looked like the Lone Ranger. I have no problem with that, and if people feel good about it, they should do it.’
Trump has taken flack for politicizing mask-wearing, even going as far to say that those who wear masks to prevent giving or getting COVID-19 are doing so to ‘signal disapproval of him.’
But with coronavirus cases trending upward, especially in red states, even Republican senators have pushed Trump to put on a mask in an effort to lead.
Fox Business’ Blake Burman had pointed to a report that said national mask-wearing could save five per cent of the country’s GDP.
Trump split the difference when asked about masks – suggesting there was no need for a federal mandate, while also saying he’d put one on.
‘Well, I don’t know if you need mandatory because you have many places in the country where people stay very long-distanced, you talk about social distancing,’ he said.
‘If I’m in a group of people where we’re not 10 feet away,’ Trump said, articulating the circumstances of when he might wear a mask. ‘But usually I’m not in that position and everyone’s tested because I’m the president, they get tested before they see me.’
Trump visited a Ford Motor Co. plant in Michigan in May, but didn’t allow the pool of reporters who travel with him to see him donning a mask.
‘I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it,’ Trump said, showing off the mask he had worn, but leaving it off his face.
Trump’s words in support of face masks came with news that new coronavirus infections across the United States almost doubled last week, with 31 states reporting an uptick in cases — as Arizona became the latest hot spot to reverse its reopening by closing bars and gyms.
COVID-19 cases across the US increased by 46 per cent in the week ending June 28, compared to the previous seven days, with the majority of rises in the West and South of the country.
Nationally, new cases have consistently spiked every week for four straight weeks. Daily cases have been increasing to record highs of 40,000 in the past week — well above the initial surge of infections that were seen back in mid-April.
Infections across the US have now surpassed 2.58 million and more than 126,000 Americans have died since the virus took hold in March.
Infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci on Tuesday warned that the US was ‘going in the wrong direction’ with the pandemic and said cases could soar to 100,000 per day if current behaviors remain in place.