WWE icon Mick Foley has pleaded for US President Donald Trump to encourage the American public to wear masks following his coronavirus scare.
Trump tested positive for COVID-19 this week, and spent three days in Walter Reed Medical Centre after his oxygen levels dropped.
However, Trump’s first act after leaving hospital and returning to the White House was to remove his face mask.
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On Tuesday, Foley uploaded a heartfelt face-to-camera video to Twitter, begging with the US President to “admit for once that (he) made a mistake”.
Coincidentally, Foley and Trump were both inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013.
“I am not a supporter of yours, and quite honestly, I hope you lose the election. But that does not mean I don’t want you to do what’s best for the American people, and in the process do what’s right for you,” Foley said.
“Coming out of the worst of this coronavirus, you have a chance to admit for once that you made a mistake.
“I know it goes against everything you think you stand for. I know it goes against everything Roy Cohn taught you, but perhaps Roy Cohn was wrong. And I know Roy Cohn was never in a situation where tens of thousands of American lives — if not, hundreds of thousands of American lives — hang in the balance.
“If you go out there, against your gut, admit you made a mistake, urge your followers to wear masks, to socially distance, to be responsible, you will be a hero. Win or lose this election, history will remember you as an American hero.
“If you don’t, if you go out there and you tell people you beat COVID, it’s not serious, it’s nothing to fear, and your followers continue to attend mass gatherings without masks, not socially distancing, mocking those who do, Mr President I can assure you, history will not be kind to you.
“Win or lose, if you do the right thing, you will be regarded as a winner. If you don’t, history will frown on you Mr President.
“Think about this, do the right thing, and have a nice day. Feel better, sir.”
Foley retired from wrestling in 2012 after making his professional debut in 1983. The 55-year-old has also delved into writing and acting throughout his career.