Fox News host Laura Ingraham drew attention earlier this week to the shocking moment when a pair of Democrat Pennsylvania state leaders were caught on a hot mic confessing that they see wearing face masks amid COVID-19 as akin to “political theater.”
The issue of masks has been hotly debated in the United States since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, with many on the left suggesting they’re the end-all, be-all solution to the nation’s coronavirus problem. But this hot-mic moment shows not everyone in the Democratic Party is on the same page when it comes to face coverings.
“A little political theater”
According to the Washington Examiner, the exchange that made headlines came during a Tuesday press conference given by Pennsylvania state Rep. Wendy Ullman and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, both Democrats.
The two Democrat leaders were supposed to be discussing “the future of the Affordable Care Act” as President Donald Trump seeks to confirm his newest nominee to the Supreme Court, the Examiner reported, but their message was quickly overshadowed by an embarrassing hot-mic moment.
“So Wendy, I’m going to take — I’m going to take my mask off when I speak,” the governor told Ullman, according to the Washington Examiner.
“I will as well. I’m waiting so that we can do a little political theater,” the state representative responded to Wolf, laughing. “So that it’s on camera,” she added a moment later.
Ingraham shared video of the Democrats’ conversation on her Fox show The Ingraham Angle, and the clip was later shared by the Washington Examiner. Take a look:
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The great mask debate
The exchange between Ullman and Wolf only serves to bolster Republicans’ arguments that Democrats are using the COVID-19 pandemic to their political advantage.
Wolf, for his part, didn’t respond to the Washington Examiner‘s request for comment on the matter. Ullman, on the other hand, said that the term “political theater” might “not have been the best turn of phrase,” but she still doubled down on the need for widespread use of face coverings.
“We’re in the midst of a global pandemic that has taken the lives of more than 8,000 Pennsylvanians, and we know that masks work,” Ullman told the Examiner. “As an elected official, I’m going to continue to use my platform to model good behavior that we know helps prevent the spread of the virus and work to bring relief to the hundreds of thousands that have been impacted by COVID-19.”
Modeling “good behavior” must not mean the same thing to Dems as it means to the rest of us.