It was only a matter of time before MAGA branded Covid-19 merchandise became available.
In a photo on Twitter, Brad Parscale, the campaign manager for Trump’s 2020 presidential bid, shared a photo of himself wearing a white face mask, saying that more were coming soon. The face mask says Make America Great, alongside Trump and Pence in red lettering.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the Trump campaign has made orders for Trump branded face masks, similar to the red MAGA hats which were a sign of support during his presidential campaign in 2016.
Some have criticised the move by pointing out it could be interpreted as profiteering on a pandemic, but that’s unlikely to change anything.
According to The Wall Street Journal, campaign officials have discussed giving away the masks at events or in return for donations.
Parscale also replied to the tweet with another photo of himself in a blue MAGA mask, saying that other colors would be available soon. Trump himself has yet to wear a face mask in public and hasn’t clarified why this is the case.
Masks have become compulsory in most American states as many start to ‘re-open’ with businesses and schools starting back up again. Wearing a mask is thought to be one of the most effective ways of fighting the spread of Covid-19 – even if only 60 per cent of the population does it, it’s effective at stopping potentially infectious droplets from travelling further.
Trump and other senior figures in his administration have been criticised for doing public appearances without masks. Vice President Mike Pence visited a hospital in Minnesota, without a mask – despite the fact that it was official hospital policy to do so. He justified his decision by saying that he was regularly tested for coronavirus, and so it was acceptable for him to not wear one, but he later admitted that it was a mistake.
In the replies, people said they wanted MAGA sympathisers to wear masks like this all the time so that they could be spotted from a distance.