Republicans finally broke away from Trump by wearing masks after COVID-19 spikes in Republican states

Prominent Republicans are increasingly publicly breaking up with President Donald Trump over the issue of wearing masks during the coronavirus pandemic.

The president has discounted the usefulness of wearing masks, which he does not wear while in public. And Trump has held campaign rallies without requiring supporters to put on masks.

But Republicans have begun posting photos in masks and urging their followers to follow suit.

South Carolina Republican Governor Henry McMaster urged his followers to wear a mask:

Former Trump Secretary of Defense James Mattis urged people to wear masks:

Former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney was photographed wearing a mask in a photo shared by his daughter, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY):

Senator John Boozman (R-AR) asked people to wear a mask:

Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) posted a photo showing him wearing a mask:

Senator Rob Portman posted photos showing him wearing a mask:

Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) says wearing a mask is “a simple step we can all take together to curb the spread”:

Representative Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) urges people to “remember to wear their masks”:

Texas Republican Rep. Michael Burgess, who is a physician, praised Cheney’s “good advice”:

Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) says wearing a mask is “essential”: