Like most Fox News hosts, Jeanine Pirro followed the lead of President Donald Trump and downplayed the effects of the global pandemic to minimize its political effects early on.
But, as months pass and cases continue to spread, some Fox hosts have started to be a little more careful. While out at a restaurant, Pirro tweeted a picture of herself wearing a mask and encouraged others to take the same precaution.
Wearing my mask out east https://t.co/1I56bDQeMs— Jeanine Pirro (@Jeanine Pirro)1593997623.0
Unfortunately, Pierro and her fellow Fox hosts had trained their viewers too well.
After telling conservatives to disregard science for so long, many of them failed to believe her when she told them to be careful.
@JudgeJeanine Take it off Judge, don’t be a sheep, you’re better than that!— Kelly Anderson (@Kelly Anderson)1593999520.0
@JudgeJeanine Well I cant...allergies, asthma, high blood, had a mini stroke..and carry this card. https://t.co/LaPckNAR3d— J E Worthen (@J E Worthen)1594001142.0
@JudgeJeanine Why, you look ridiculous you’re outside FFS...— Matt Couch 🎙 (@Matt Couch 🎙)1594010846.0
Judge Pirro taught her viewers to ignore advice from authorities and now she's being confronted by an army of fans who won't listen to her.
@JudgeJeanine I'm usually with you, but on this no. You're being duped. The mask is political, has NOTHING to do with health.— ToxicLogic (@ToxicLogic)1593997913.0
@JudgeJeanine Come on Judge... get over the scam already.— ⚜️ 🇺🇸 BayouPatriot17 🇺🇸⚜️ (@⚜️ 🇺🇸 BayouPatriot17 🇺🇸⚜️)1593998053.0
@JudgeJeanine I would be more impressed with NO/mask #Fake #Plandemic— Rose Votro (@Rose Votro)1593999164.0
Falsehoods flew left and right as far-right conservatives came up with reasons why they shouldn't have to wear a mask.
@JudgeJeanine Take it off please, u r inhaling your own CO2 at 8000ppm within a few minutes. That is toxic. It cr… https://t.co/LJFYcACYgp— mojoflo (@mojoflo)1593999475.0
@JudgeJeanine Cloth masks don't protect you.— Deplorable Darling (@Deplorable Darling)1594000726.0
@JudgeJeanine Another example of Fox News assimilating into the MSM! What’s a disgrace!— Mike Raeber (@Mike Raeber)1593997925.0
Many of Pirro's former fans felt that wearing a mask was an infringement of their "freedom" and that taking steps to protect others was like being "muzzled."
@JudgeJeanine NO MASKS!— WeAreTheSTORM1723 (@WeAreTheSTORM1723)1593998025.0
@JudgeJeanine Sad you have fallen to this bs— Robert Wiles (@Robert Wiles)1593998177.0
@JudgeJeanine Don't!! Just don't. I can not believe you are wearing their muzzle. I guess you are all talk on your… https://t.co/XIAMimSlOe— Reanell (@Reanell)1594001535.0
Many conservatives promptly labelled Pirro a "sheep."
@JudgeJeanine Well, the dress is adorable. And of course, you are wonderful. I'll never travel again if it means covering my face.— Sassie4FreedomLibertyJusticeTruth (@Sassie4FreedomLibertyJusticeTruth)1593998704.0
@JudgeJeanine I refuse to wear a fear mask.— HeatherR (@HeatherR)1594008333.0
@JudgeJeanine So you are a mask sheep? I am really disappointed.— Howard Notelling (@Howard Notelling)1594029881.0
For many Fox News viewers online, the network isn't worth watching if its hosts compromise in any way...even for their own safety!
@JudgeJeanine This make me sad Jeanine! FOX IS DEAD!😢— Diane (@Diane)1593999435.0
For what it's worth, Judge Pirro did the right thing by wearing her mask in public. With virus cases rising nationwide, we can't be too careful!