Mississippi governor Tate Reeves says ‘perhaps’ he should have worn mask more at Trump acceptance speech

Published 5:27 pm Monday, August 31, 2020

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that “perhaps” he should have worn a face mask more often at President Donald Trump’s acceptance speech last week in Washington, D.C.

Reeves was widely criticized after photographs circulated showing him at the event without a mask, just hours after he posted a photo on social media showing him and his wife Eley posing with Trump-campaign masks as they waited for the event to begin.

“Many of us throughout this pandemic, six months in, have not always worn a mask 100 percent of the time,” he said, Monday when asked about the photos. “At that particular event, the vast majority of time that I was there, I had on a mask.”

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“I didn’t do it 100 percent of the time,” he said.

Reeves on Monday extended a statewide face mask mandate for another two weeks.

“As I look back on it, perhaps I should have done it more often,” he said.

Among the most high profile of the governor’s critics is his GOP campaign rival, former state representative Robert Foster.

Foster mocked Reeves’ comments on Monday.

“Summary of Press Conference on 8-31-20,” Foster wrote on social media. “All peasants must wear masks, socially distance and are banned from large group gatherings for two more weeks because I said so in my Executive Order.”