Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate

President Trump mocked Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s appearance and use of a face mask on Tuesday as the first presidential debate draws nearer. 

“He feels good about the mask, and that’s OK. Whatever makes you feel good,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Pittsburgh. “Honestly, why the hell did he spend all that money on the plastic surgery if he’s going to cover it up with a mask?”

His comments come a week before Trump and Biden will debate in Cleveland on Sept. 29. The Trump campaign has repeatedly attacked Biden’s cognition, dubbing him “Sleepy Joe” early on. 

Trump has also mocked the Biden campaign’s adherence to social distancing guidance from public health officials. 

Unlike the Trump campaign, the Biden campaign has engaged in relatively few in-person events. The Trump campaign has held several large in-person rallies. 

“I’m looking forward to getting on the debate stage with Trump and holding him accountable. I think I know how to handle bullies — we’ll find out,” Biden said at a campaign fundraiser last week.

The Biden campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

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