DONALD TRUMP wore a mask in public for the very first time during a visit to a military hospital on Saturday where he met wounded soldiers and healthcare workers.
Trump fans around the world claimed he looked "very cool and presidential" donning the face protector, but others couldn't help but make comparisons between the President and a number of mask-wearing super-villains from Hollywood.
Some likened his appearance to Hannibal Lecter from Silence of the Lambs, or Bane from The Dark Knight Rises, but perhaps the most striking comparison - and certainly the funniest - was that of the one drawn between 'The Donald' and Darth Vader.
So there’s this video of trump finally wearing a mask, and I just had to add this song to it pic.twitter.com/YvwcIbNV5j
— Gustavo 🏡🔊🎶 (@thatoneguy_94) July 12, 2020
Backing music definitely helps to spoon-feed the imagination here, but with a number of uniformed military personnel and advisors trudging along behind their leader, it's impossible not to picture the evil Sith Lord being flanked by stormtroopers as he strides down the corridors of the Death Star.
I think Trump looks more like Hannibal Lecter than the Lone Ranger... pic.twitter.com/L5rSzF46qj
— annie ideas (@anniegoodideas) July 11, 2020
Hilarity aside, Trump's critics weren't too eager to praise the President for wearing his mask, with many blasting him for "finally doing something right" after months of refusing to promote the wearing of face protection, and arguably discouraging his supporters from doing the same.
On his way to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center outside Washington, Trump explained why he finally decided to don a face covering, arguing that he’s "never been against masks but I do believe they have a time and a place."
— Melissa Ramos (@malyzzar) July 12, 2020
"I think when you're in a hospital, especially in that particular setting, where you're talking to a lot of soldiers and people that, in some cases, just got off the operating tables, I think it's a great thing to wear a mask," he added.
There have been over 3.2 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the US, resulting in nearly 135,000 deaths to date.