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Fussy Trump shunned COVID-19 masks to keep his makeup unmussed

By CM Chaney · September 25, 2023

In brief…

  • Former aide Cassidy Hutchinson says Trump's makeup routine caused him to reject wearing masks during the pandemic.
  • In her new book, Hutchinson says Trump refused to wear an N95 mask because it smeared his signature bronzer makeup.
  • Hutchinson believes Trump's vanity over his appearance led his supporters to also not wear masks.
According former aide Cassidy Hutchinson, Donald Trump refrained from wearing face masks during the pandemic to keep from smearing his bronzer.  Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia

A new memoir by former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson claims former President Donald Trump’s signature bronzer makeup routine led him to stop wearing medical masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In excerpts of her book “Enough” - to be released tomorrow - Hutchinson writes that Trump initially agreed to wear an N95 mask during a May 2020 visit to a Honeywell mask production facility.

“I pointed at the straps of the N95 I was holding,” Hutchinson said a book excerpt published by The Guardian. “When he looked at the straps of his mask, he saw they were covered in bronzer.”

“Why did no one else tell me that?” Trump reportedly snapped. “I’m not wearing this thing.”

According to Hutchinson, the former president’s “vanity had caused him to reject masks,” which, she believes, led his supporters to also shun face coverings during the pandemic that ultimately killed more than 1 million Americans.

Trump was occasionally photographed wearing masks during the pandemic. He first donned one during a July 2020 visit to Walter Reed Hospital, saying that masks were acceptable in “appropriate locations.”

That same month, Trump claimed he once sported a mask that made him resemble the Lone Ranger.

Still, Hutchinson laments that the public was unaware of Trump’s resistance to masking up - and the reason why.

“Reporters never knew the depth of his vanity had caused him to reject masks,” she wrote.