Sen. Tim Kaine wore a cloth face covering to the United States Senate hearing on Tuesday, and it distracted some viewers. In place of a surgical mask, or a cloth equivalent, Kaine tied a stylized red bandana around his face in a style many people associate with old Western films. The look drew plenty of strong reactions on Twitter.
All eyes were on Kaine on Tuesday as the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) met to discuss the coronavirus response. Many of the lawmakers in attendance wore gloves and face masks, though none drew as much attention as Kaine. The Democratic senator from Virginia cut a striking figure with his red and black bandana resting over his nose and dangling down to his chest. Despite the other officious discussions going on, viewers couldn't help but focus in on Kaine.
Kaine was one of the few senators to attend Tuesday's hearing in person. Many joined the meeting via video chat, including Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The White House coronavirus task force's Dr. Anthony Fauci also chimed in remotely from a "modified quarantine," according to a report by CBS News. Fauci said he had a "low risk" exposure to a person infected with COVID-19.
Fauci's testimony was the highlight of the hearing. He advocated for ongoing social distancing, saying that some of the states trying to reopen public spaces right now have not met the guidelines he set out for them. Among other things, he suggested that the current death toll is likely higher than is being reported, and that it will continue to rise of precautions are not extended.
Through it all, Kaine's hidden face captivated viewers. Here is a look at what Twitter had to say about the senator's makeshift face covering.
really digging post-apocalyptic Tim Kaine pic.twitter.com/fe5b4hnkgu— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) May 12, 2020
Tim Kaine is looking fierce pic.twitter.com/O1lw7dHLtT— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 12, 2020
Tim Kaine once shot a man in Reno just to watch him die pic.twitter.com/ji9czgv6c4— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) May 12, 2020
"You've yeed your last haw, partner."—Tim Kaine, probably https://t.co/unSlpPvi5U— Ofirah Yheskel (@ofirahy) May 12, 2020
Tim Kaine is not taking shit from anyone today. pic.twitter.com/paQRwByxqY— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) May 12, 2020
Tim Kaine looks like he just learned the cowboy he left for dead is alive and out for vengeance pic.twitter.com/zT8tFjTsge— Jason (@longwall26) May 12, 2020
Tim Kaine robbed a 711 before this hearing pic.twitter.com/Llz1EKyoZf— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) May 12, 2020
Imagine having Tim Kaine as Vice President right now instead of Mike Pence. pic.twitter.com/gCWznezZZr— Ray Olivares (@render_nyc) May 12, 2020