Excerpts from Chris Christie's WSJ open letter to the American people:
For seven months I was very careful about mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing. As someone with asthma, I knew I faced heightened risk. Then, at the Rose Garden nomination event for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, and during debate preparations with President Trump, I let my guard down and left my mask off. I mistook the bubble of security around the president for a viral safe zone. I was wrong. There is no safe zone from this virus.
Those who deny the scientific realities of the pandemic undermine conditions that allow for rapid and complete reopening. They encourage behavior that invites personal tragedy and social regulation. People need encouragement to do the right thing, not excuses not to. A Covid Collaborative poll found that while 86% of Americans think mask-wearing in public places is effective, only half are wearing masks 90% of the time.
Even during a contentious election year, we must trust the American people with the truth. I do believe that we can use this public health tragedy to bring our country together. It is never too late to start. It will take leadership that both challenges and trusts the American people.
Night after night at his rallies, Trump continues to deny the seriousness of this virus, stoking resentment of mask-wearing.
And without a lick of evidence to support his claim, and much evidence to contradict it, Trump repeatedly lied to rally-goers this week, saying that we are "rounding the corner" on the virus.
I Don't Wear A Mask To Be Politically Correct
Mask-wearing compliance where I live is high. I don't know the percentage of people wearing masks merely to comply with the law versus the percentage who would wear masks without the law. What I do know is that I and everyone close to me wears masks out of fear of contracting the virus or spreading the virus. I hate dealing with these damn masks and would love a return to normal life.
When I see anti-maskers on social media claiming that people who wear masks do so to be politically correct or to make a political statement, I suspect that they are externalizing their own motives. That is, the anti-makers making such claims are themselves motivated by politics.
If I were interested in a political display, I wouldn't change my mask after every session. I wouldn't wear a mask between sessions while alone in my office. I wouldn't supply every patient with a new mask at the beginning of every session. Not only would I like to be done with the inconvenience of masks, but I could also drop my $300 a month mask bill for my practice and other outings.
When people see that I'm masked in public, they don't know that I will toss my mask and use a new mask for my next trip to the grocery store. No one sees me don a new mask just before my next session. My mask changing occurs privately without conveying any public message.