ABC News senior national correspondent Terry Moran faced fierce blowback on Twitter late Monday for asking this question about former Vice President Joe Biden:
Do you think this is a good look for a President of the United States?
Or do you think this is a bad look for a President of the United States? pic.twitter.com/stun8U4QY5
— Terry Moran (@TerryMoran) May 26, 2020
Biden, the presumptive Democratic 2020 nominee, wore a face mask while laying a wreath at Delaware Memorial Bridge Veterans Memorial Park on Memorial Day.
Critics turned the tables on Moran, suggesting it was a bad look for him to be posing such a question. Many people noted how Biden was adhering to Delaware’s state rules of wearing a mask in public — unlike President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly refused to wear a mask.
One Twitter user, author Don Winslow, described Moran’s question as “staggeringly stupid.”
“It’s not a fashion accessory. It literally saves lives,” Winslow tweeted.
Many others argued the same:
This is a staggeringly stupid question.
It's not a fashion accessory.
It literally saves lives. https://t.co/SmxzzNWZKa
— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) May 26, 2020
It looks like leadership, modeling the right thing. https://t.co/nxY547YaeD
— EJ "stay TF home if you can" Willingham (@ejwillingham) May 26, 2020
Safety and security are always a good look.
I do think the question itself is a bad look for you.
— Michelangelo Signorile, subscribe to my newsletter (@MSignorile) May 26, 2020
It’s a good look for any decent human being who cares about others.
— Trudi Gilfillian (@TrudiGilfillian) May 26, 2020
For Gods sakes is this really up for debate?
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) May 26, 2020
I had to check to see this was a real account because it’s so breathtakingly irresponsible.
— Janet Johnson (@JJohnsonLaw) May 26, 2020
Good. Leading by example. Believing in science. Being considerate to others. Humility. Strength. All the things were missing in the current President.
— Mueller, She Wrote Podcast (@MuellerSheWrote) May 26, 2020
On the day when an airborne virus global pandemic has claimed the lives of 100,000 Americans within 3 months, id say this is pretty fucking Presidential.
— Charles Gaba (@charles_gaba) May 26, 2020
At this point in time in the middle of a global pandemic I think it's an EXCELLENT look for a President of the United States.
Presidents should look out for the public interest and set a good example. I couldn't be prouder of him.
— Khashoggi’s Ghost (@UROCKlive1) May 26, 2020
Paging Mad Magazine-slash-all-of-Twitter for some snappy answers to this gobsmackingly stupid question https://t.co/S6xOahVr3z
— Steven Mazie (@stevenmazie) May 26, 2020
It’s not about how it looks, it’s about keeping people safe.
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) May 26, 2020
Terry, it's the look of someone who gives a shit about public health. https://t.co/qZLZDdkhb7
— 🕷Dante Atkins🕷 (@DanteAtkins) May 26, 2020
I'm not sure about "looks," but I do think it's a tragedy that the incompetence of the current President means that the next President -- and all the rest of us -- are still fighting this epidemic (when other countries have licked it.) https://t.co/ONV4Dm2SdN
— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) May 26, 2020
— Rod Lurie (@RodLurie) May 26, 2020
It shows responsibility in the face of a global pandemic. https://t.co/eo9NCvCgLG
— Jamal Yaseem Igle (@JAMALIGLE) May 26, 2020
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