An uncommitted voter asked Pres. Trump during Tuesday night’s special on ABC News: “Why don’t you support a mandate for national mask wearing? And why don’t you wear a mask more often?”
The president said, “I do wear them when I have to … a lot of people don’t want to wear masks. There are a lot of people who think that masks are not good.”
STEPHANOPOULOS: She’s right here. She has a question about that. You voted for Hillary Clinton last time I believe.
QUESTION: Yes I did. The wearing of masks has proven to lessen the spread of COVID.
Why don’t you support a mandate for national mask wearing? And why don’t you wear a mask more often?
TRUMP: Well, I do wear them when I have to and when I’m in hospitals and other locations. But I will say this. They said at the Democrat convention they’re going to do a national mandate. They never did it, because they’ve checked out and they didn’t do it.
And a good question is, you ask why Joe Biden — they said we’re going to do a national mandate on masks.
STEPHANOPOULOS: He’s called on all governors to have them. There’s a state responsibility —
TRUMP: Well no, but he didn’t do it. I mean, he never did it.
Now there is — by the way, a lot of people don’t want to wear masks. There are a lot of people think that masks are not good. And there are a lot of people that as an example you have —
STEPHANOPOULOS: Who are those people?
TRUMP: I’ll tell you who those people are — waiters. They come over and they serve you, and they have a mask. And I saw it the other day where they were serving me, and they’re playing with the mask — I’m not blaming them – I’m just saying what happens. They’re playing with the mask, so the mask is over, and they’re touching it, and then they’re touching the plate. That can’t be good.
There are a lot of people — if you look at Dr. Fauci’s original statement – you look at a lot of people – CDC — you look at a lot of people’s original statement, they said very strongly, George, don’t wear masks. Then all of a sudden they went to wear masks.
The concept of a mask is good, but it also does — you’re constantly touching it, you’re touching your face, you’re touching plates (ph).
There are people that don’t think masks are good.