Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney took to Twitter to share a picture of her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, wearing a blue surgical style mask over his face. The high-ranking Republican congresswoman encouraged people to wear a mask, and also noted in a hashtag that it is something that real men should do. Cheney’s straightforward tweet came shortly after Vice President Mike Pence received criticism for refusing to recommend masks during the latest coronavirus task force update earlier today.
Cheney’s mask tweet echoes the advice of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which advised people to wear a cloth facial covering in public, especially in areas that are difficult to maintain social distancing, as further recommended.
“It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure,” read the CDC’s recommendation.
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) June 26, 2020
Twitter users appeared to appreciate the image, with almost 15,000 of them hitting the “like” button and nearly 6,000 retweeting the image of the former vice president masked up. However, the 3,200-plus individuals who replied appeared to be divided in their feelings about the picture because wearing masks to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus has become a political issue recently. President Donald Trump and Pence have especially been resistant to wearing face coverings during their public appearances.
Some users said that although they like the former vice president, they are not at all convinced about his daughter’s assertion that real men wore masks. Several said that they would not wear a mask no matter what. Still, other accounts that replied refused to say anything positive about Dick Cheney’s mask photo because they are still mad about the things he did while he served as President George W. Bush’s second-in-command.
A few also noted that because of his age and health conditions, Dick Cheney certainly falls into the high-risk category when it comes to COVID-19. As such, they commended him for being smart about protecting his health. Many of the replies encouraged the congresswoman to continue sharing the message that masks are essential in curbing the spread of the coronavirus.