April 22, 2020 2:17PM EDT
Voters were outraged when President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Second Lady Karen Pence ignored CDC guidelines and celebrated Earth Day without face coverings or gloves.
As Donald Trump continues to fumble his response to the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, the president proved that he believes the CDC guidelines don’t apply to him. Trump joined First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Second Lady Karen Pence for an Earth Day celebration at the White House, and voters quickly realized that there was something wrong with the pictures from the April 22 event. As the Trumps and the Pences shoveled dirt onto a newly-planted sapling on the White House lawn, not a single person wore personal protective gear, or practiced social distancing. In fact, the foursome shared two shovels and stood side-by-side while touching hands. Voters immediately called them out for their dangerous behavior.
“With nobody wearing masks,” one annoyed voter tweeted, using the eye-rolling emoji. “Cough cough.” A critic wrote in response to an ABC News gif of the tree-planting ceremony, “No social distance either. No gloves either… but sure, let’s share a shovel.” The comments kept rolling in. “What I would have given for one of them to sneeze,” one person tweeted, while another wrote, “Nice social distancing there, Chief.” Others joked that they were “burying the Constitution” and “digging their own graves.” While yes, it’s not necessary to wear a face mask around the family members you live with per the CDC, it’s recommended that once outside the home, individuals cover their faces. Not only did the Trumps and Pences interact with each other, but they were near the photographers covering the event — who hopefully all remembered to put on protective gear.
Of course, seeing Trump without a mask isn’t much of a surprise. When the president announced during his Ap