PHOTOS: Missouri governor criticized for not wearing face mask at event

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Photo credit (Gov. Mike Parson, Twitter)
By 97.1 FM Talk

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KFTK) — Gov. Mike Parson taking criticism on social media for pictures of him without a mask or social distancing at the 17th Annual Missouri Cattlemen's Association Steak Fry.

The Missouri Democratic Party condemned Parson for not wearing a mask or social distancing at the event. Here is their statement:

“Governor Mike Parson's refusal to wear a mask or social distance at campaign events is reckless, dangerous, and puts Missourians at risk. The governor's failure to follow his own advice and wear a mask isn't just hypocritical — it's an abdication of leadership. When it comes to dealing with a deadly pandemic, ‘do as I say, not as I do’ just isn’t good enough. By failing to mask up, Governor Parson is undermining Missouris' economic recovery and ensuring that coronavirus will keep spreading in Missouri. Even Donald Trump wears a mask — but Mike Parson just can’t be bothered.”

His opponent in the November election, Nicole Galloway also went after him for not wearing a mask: 

A spokesperson for the governor Parson responded to our partners at KMOX:

“Governor Parson always makes a conscious effort to social distance or wear a mask, and he recommends all Missourians to do the same.”

Parson's tweets got hundreds of responses, many from people angry that he put himself and others at risk.