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'Hypocrites:' Twitter erupts after Cox posts photo without masks; Cox explains

KUTV Salt Lake City logo KUTV Salt Lake City 7/7/2020 Adam Forgie
Spencer Cox et al. posing for the camera © Provided by KUTV Salt Lake City

The Republican nominee to be Utah's next governor is catching some flack on Twitter as users call out Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox for not wearing a face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ironically, Twitter is a platform Cox has used to urge people to wear face masks. In a family photo Cox tweeted on Tuesday, he is seen at a Flying J truck stop near LaGrande, Ore.

Cox says he ran across a family from La Sal, Utah, who said they had voted for him.

In a series of tweets, Cox explained:

Quick story. So my son is heading back on a mission next week and the last year has been rough on the family. Not ideal timing, but Abby's sister rented an house on the Oregon coast for the 4th weekend and asked us to come...so we made the long drive for a much needed break."
Anyway, we left to come home today and stopped at a truck stop just outside of LaGrande, OR. My family was getting snacks and I was pumping gas when I the AP called the race. At that exact moment the couple waiting in the car behind me got out and asked If I was Spencer Cox."
They were from La Sal, Utah and headed to the coast. They said they voted for me and asked if results had been updated. "Well, I was just told that we won!" So that’s how I celebrated. With a random family at a truck stop in Oregon. Eventually my family came out though..."

After posting the photo, several people commented, shaming Cox and his family for not wearing masks in the photo.

Cox replied by saying:

We wore masks everywhere. This is my wife and kids. We just took our masks off after leaving the gas station."

Just two weeks ago, Cox had tweeted a photo of him wearing a mask with the caption: 

I don't care why, just WEAR A DAMN MASK."

Cox posted two other photos of his family in the Twitter thread, one showing the family on a beach, not wearing masks.

While many criticized Cox, others came to his defense. We've embedded those tweets below.

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