Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) endorsed face coverings on Monday, a position contrary to the apparent instincts of many House Republicans and President Donald Trump.
“We must have no stigma — none — about wearing masks when we leave our homes and come near other people,” McConnell said in a speech to the Senate. “Wearing simple face coverings is not about protecting ourselves. It is about protecting everyone we encounter.” He added Americans should be “happy” to take “small steps” that ensure the country can “remain on offense” against the coronavirus.