A recent segment on Fox News’s Tucker Carlson Tonight attacked U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin for wearing a face mask and face shield during a public appearance. Host Tucker Carlson said Austin was wearing a “costume” and accused him of being “terrified of COVID”: “How long before Lloyd Austin is wearing surgical gloves in the shower and zip-tying garbage bags around his feet? The United States military is being run by a neurotic cat lady.”
The segment failed to mention that Austin had been traveling to the Philippines, where the government has mandated the use of face masks and face shields in public places in the face of surging COVID-19 cases.
Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio joined in on the pile-on, calling Austin’s compliance with local requirements while on a diplomatic mission “embarrassing COVID theater.”