Opinion: Pence unmasked shows his obedience to Trump
April 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.
Michael D'Antonio writes that Vice President Mike Pence's decision to visit the Mayo Clinic without a mask, despite requirements to do so, shows that he has been fully corrupted by President Donald Trump. By choosing to go against guidelines in the midst of a global coronavirus pandemic, Pence is displaying a lack of leadership that one would not expect from someone with 30 years of experience in public service.
It was Vice President Mike Pence, doing his best imitation of President Donald Trump's super-troll leadership style.
The Mayo Clinic tweeted that Pence and his team were told ahead of time that the clinic required visitors to wear a medical mask to protect others from the slim, but real, chance that they carried the Covid-19 virus (the clinic's tweet was subsequently deleted).
What's more, if America saw Pence wearing a mask it would demonstrate that the pandemic is all too real, thereby making it impossible to sell the fantasies his boss keeps floating about the relative safety of re-opening the country and the possibility that the virus "is going to disappear. " There's no way the President wants his VP to display such a potent symbol as a mask.
When Pence responded to the inevitable hubbub about his Mayo Clinic visit he said, "And since I don't have the coronavirus, I thought it'd be a good opportunity for me to be here, to be able to speak to these researchers, these incredible health care personnel, and look them in the eye and say thank you. "