Democratic lawmakers launch 'Mean Girls'-inspired initiative to promote face masks

Democratic lawmakers launch 'Mean Girls'-inspired initiative to promote face masks
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They’re not regular members of Congress. They’re cool, mask-wearing members of Congress.

Democratic lawmakers launched an initiative Wednesday to promote the use of face masks amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic inspired by the movie “Mean Girls.”

“Excited to launch the #OnWednesdaysWeWearPink masks campaign today. I encourage all my colleagues to participate and support wearing masks to help prevent the spread of #COVID19. It's going to be so fetch!” Rep. Suzan DelBeneSuzan Kay DelBeneOcasio-Cortez, Tlaib propose amendment to defund administration of 'opportunity zone' program Overnight Health Care: Pfizer lands nearly b from Trump administration for COVID vaccine | FEMA head: 'We have a ways to go' on having enough PPE | Fauci on coronavirus: 'I don't really see us eradicating it' Democratic lawmakers launch 'Mean Girls'-inspired initiative to promote face masks MORE (D-Wash.), who is leading the initiative, tweeted Wednesday.


Dozens of Democratic lawmakers shared their own photos donning a pink mask or supporting the initiative on Wednesday, with some making their own jokes about the hit 2004 film.

“We all need to take responsibility for protecting our communities from COVID-19. The best action you can take yourself? #WearAMask. #OnWednesdaysWeWearPink,” House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe Negotiators remain far apart on coronavirus deal as deadline looms Top federal official says more details coming on foreign election interference MORE (D-Calif.) tweeted Wednesday.


“On Wednesdays, we wear pink… Don’t be mean. #WearAMask,” House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerGOP expects Senate to be in session next week without coronavirus deal This week: Negotiators hunt for coronavirus deal as August break looms The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Fauci gives his COVID-19 vaccine estimate MORE (D-Md.) tweeted. 

“I’m not a regular mom. I’m a cool mom because I #WearAMask,” Rep. Lucy McBathLucia (Lucy) Kay McBathRepublicans uncomfortably playing defense The Hill's Campaign Report: Even the Post Office is political now | Primary action tonight | Super PACS at war NRCC poll finds McBath ahead of Handel in Georgia MORE shared (D-Ga.)




Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeInslee, GOP's Culp advance in Washington governor's race Governors call for Trump to extend funding for National Guard coronavirus response Washington state officials confirm federal officers leaving Seattle MORE (D) also supported the initiative Wednesday.


DelBene told ABC News that she and her staff wanted “to make it fun to wear one,” 

“It’s about helping your community, helping your neighbor,” the Washington lawmaker told the outlet.

She noted that she has passed out masks to several of her colleagues in the House. The Democratic Women’s Caucus, which includes all 90 Democratic women lawmakers in the House, is also helping to share the campaign.

DelBene said she hopes the campaign will “encourage younger folks to wear masks” amid recent findings from health departments across the country that younger people are making up larger shares of those infected with COVID-19.

“We know that more of the recent cases have disproportionally been younger people, so it’s more important than ever to wear a mask,” DelBene told ABC News.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation MORE on Monday for the first time tweeted a photograph of himself wearing a mask, describing the practice a patriotic act as the pandemic continues.

Trump for months resisted wearing a mask or face covering in public. He publicly wore one during a trip to Walter Reed earlier this month.

In April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that Americans wear face coverings to prevent the spread of coronavirus.