Fashion statement or no, her masks seem designed to go the distance, which is probably a good thing given that people might be covering their faces at the Capitol for a long time to come. Using fabrics they had on hand, tailors worked in-house to make the masks, which go for $22 a piece, says Lewis, who has pledged to donate one to charity for each he sells. His favorites include a “green botanical one that looks like palm trees,” which Pelosi wore on Thursday, and a rich blue one with impressionistic checks.
When you have to put on a mask, “this is a nice mask to put on,” says Lewis.
The ‘I’m still figuring this out’
When Sen. Tim Kaine wore a series of bandanas earlier this month, the Virginia Democrat sparked a bunch of Wild West memes in the process. “Tim Kaine’s Bandana Is The New Sheriff In Town,” went one DCist headline.
He’s not the only one using improvised gear. Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington, for example, was spotted in April with a scarf pulled over her nose, wrapped around a few extra times.
Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., volunteers at the Arlington Food Assistance Center on May 4. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., leaves the Senate floor after a pro forma session on April 20. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., makes his way to the Senate Republican policy lunch on May 13. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
And then there’s Sen. Rand Paul. His “face covering” looks like a scruffy beard he grew in quarantine at home after testing positive for the coronavirus, because it is. When the Republican appeared at the Capitol in May, he told reporters he doesn’t plan to wear a mask.