Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) just switched sides and the Republican Party is stunned. The political balance in Washington, DC, has been unexpectedly disrupted.
“We must have no stigma — none — about wearing masks when we leave our homes and come near other people,” said McConnell from the Senate floor, splitting from many House GOP members.
There is reportedly contention in the House over wearing masks — with Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, even barring unmasked GOP members from being recognized.
However, while Democrats want to use masks as another political bludgeon, McConnell is simply urging his colleagues and Americans across the country to consider wearing a mask in public for now.
Continuing his floor speech, McConnell said that wearing a mask is “about protecting everyone we encounter” and a practical way “to take responsible small steps every day … against the virus.”
According to an interactive map from John Hopkins University tracking COVID-19 cases, the United States has had over 2.6 million confirmed infections and 127,410 deaths.
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