The Governor of Texas has credited Sean Hannity with mask wearing in his state after the Fox News’ personality urged viewers to don a face covering to fight Coronavirus.
Greg Abbott told Fox News’ morning program Fox & Friends on Friday that Texas was now following Hannity’s suggestion.
“What Texas has begun to do is exactly what Sean Hannity preaches every night, and that is to wear a mask,” Abbot said.
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Hannity discussed masks on his show earlier this month. He presented himself as something of an authority on the Covid-19 pandemic and then endorsed the practice.
“Alright, so I’ve been saying all along, throughout the pandemic, COVID-19, essential employees all across America, they never stopped working,” Hannity said.
“Masks, PPE, it kept them safe. And I was right here in the epicenter, and every store I went to, everybody was wearing their mask, and thankfully, at my grocery store, nobody got COVID-19.”
“So what did I learn? I don’t have a problem wearing a mask, especially if it means we can go to a ballgame, or to defend grandma, grandpa, mom and dad.”
“That’s why I choose to do it.”
However, Hannity’s Fox News colleagues have mocked Joe Biden for wearing a mask and downplayed their usefulness – as had the President.
Abbot’s response to the virus has been widely criticized.
Darragh Roche is a journalist covering U.S. politics and media