I rarely mention Pence in my blog posts because there’s not much to say about him.
He’s a greedy, self-seeking, selfish liar – so he’s suited for his current role as Trump Toady #1.
I’ll also add “hypocrite” to that description, after his behavior on April 28 during his visit to the Mayo Clinic:
Everyone – everyone around Pence was wearing a face mask.
If Pence doesn’t want to protect himself – so be it. But what about wearing a face mask to protect other people?
Or does the simple fact that there are people just…not occur to him?
Here’s my take on a possible follow-up conversation between Pence and a member of the media:
Interviewer: Mr. Vice President, you visited the world-famous Mayo Clinic on Tuesday, April 28, and didn’t wear a face mask. Since then you’ve been excoriated in the press, on Twitter, on late-night talk shows and by medical experts, for your disregard of the Mayo Clinic’s face mask guidelines and the guidelines of your own Coronavirus Task Force, which you chair. How do you feel about that?
Pence: While our hearts are with the families of those who have lost their life to the coronavirus and those who are struggling with serious illness today, our team informs us that the data continues to show promising signs of progress.
Interviewer: The Mayo Clinic had made the wearing of face masks mandatory on April 13, and said – in a now-deleted tweet – that they had informed you of their masking policy prior to your arrival. How do you respond to that?
Pence: Our only conclusion is that we’re getting there, America, because the American people have put into practice the President’s guidelines of social distancing because you’ve been listening and adhering to the guidance of state and local officials.
Interviewer: You said “social distancing,” Mr. Vice President, yet at the Mayo Clinic you were seen elbow-bumping with a patient:
Interviewer: Social distancing guidelines are six feet separation, so how do you explain that?
Pence: We want to thank the more than 270 leaders of organizations dedicated to housing, homelessness, and improving the lives of people across our urban communities for the way they have partnered with our administration and partnered with state and local officials to put the health of all of their constituencies first.
Interviewer: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, pointed out that you were in “a hospital in the middle of a pandemic,” and that this, above all times, was “the time when you wear a mask.” How would you respond to that?
Pence: Since I don’t have the coronavirus, I thought it’d be a good opportunity for me to be there, to be able to speak to these researchers, these incredible health-care personnel, and look them in the eye and say thank you.
Interviewer: Mr. Vice President, you are aware that a face mask doesn’t cover your eyes, or in any way prevent your looking someone in the eyes…aren’t you?
Pence: Let me just end where I began, and to say thank you to the American people. The progress that we are seeing is a testament to what all of you have done; to our extraordinary healthcare workers; to a partnership between the federal government and to state and local officials. And I’m confident it’s also owing to the prayers of millions of Americans each and every day.
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