However Jon Husted is a Republican and co-chair with Governor Dewine for Trump's re-election campaign in Ohio.
And so the day before yesterday when Trump showed up for a campaign rally in Vandalia, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton,
Or so must Jon Husted have believed. But Husted made the mistake of likewise believing that he could show support for Trump as well as for fighting the spread of COVID-19 by encouraging the packed, mostly maskless crowd to wear masks, which, as everyone knows, Donald Trump is as against as he is other anti-pandemic measures, such as social distancing at his campaign rallies.
Husted stepped onto the rally stage modeling a "Trump 2020" mask. "I'm trying to make masks in America great again and I've got President Trump's masks," he said.
Team Trump zealots, and the more Husted tried to convince them that he was on their team, the more they booed, jeered, and mocked him. They shouted him down, gave him thumbs down, yelled at him, among other things, "Tyrant," "Get off the stage," and "Not gonna work," when he quipped that they could tell people they were trying to save the country by wearing a Trump mask. The hostility from this crowd was palpable and brazen. Husted was even being booed by children. Here are a couple of videos of Jon Husted desperately trying to win the approval of the crowd:
Watching those videos is excruciating. Not so much because the Lieutenant Governor is being heckled and insulted by a rude, rowdy crowd; but because he tries so hard to put on a show of laughing off their mockery and insults, as if their obvious dislike of him is really all in good fun, he and they are all Trump supporters, after all. And because they were Trump supporters, he had no choice but to suck up to them. And they, in return, did all they could think of to humiliate him, to make it clear to him that he was not one of them, to publicly otherize him.
And so our Lieutenant Governor, who was attempting to support both the wearing of protective face masks and Donald Trump learned a biblical lesson: that a man cannot serve two masters, for he will either love the one and hate the other, or hate the one and love the other.
Which begs the question: The health and well-being of Ohioans or Donald Trump...which masters Jon Husted's heart?