Vice President Mike Pence is under fire for refusing to wear any kind of mask while visiting staff and patients at a Mayo Clinic in Minnesota in spite of being informed of the policy, according to a now-deleted tweet from the main Mayo Clinic Twitter account. Photos are now spreading of him at the clinic surrounded by people who are wearing masks and no one can figure out why he didn’t just wear one, too.
VP Mike Pence refused to wear a mask during his visit to Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic, which requires all staff, patients, and visitors to wear a face-covering while at the medical center https://t.co/iYUBhf71Ch— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) April 28, 2020
The hospital’s website also clearly states that “visitors and staff to wear a face covering or mask while at Mayo Clinic to guard against transmission of COVID-19.”
Pence defended his anti-mask policy to reporters by saying that he’s tested regularly, which only reveals a much more depressing misunderstanding of how viral infections work in a national leader who is supposed to at least be smarter than Donald Trump. Unfortunately, tests can give false positives, especially if one’s viral load is low, and that load can increase quickly as the virus rapidly reproduces.
And regardless, wear a mask just in case, Mike. It’s not that hard.
In case anyone missed the, apparently now-deleted, Mayo Clinic tweet. pic.twitter.com/TT7S5qwciV— Dan Baer (@danbbaer) April 28, 2020
Pence also claimed to be following CDC guidelines on coronavirus-related safety, but as of April 13, the CDC’s website recommends “wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.”
Hospitals are definitely one of those areas.
If that wasn’t bad enough, people are not pleased that the Mayo Clinic deleted their initial tweet saying that they informed Pence of their mask policy, leading many to speculate that the clinic was pressured to remove the tweet by the White House for the sake of PR.
Mayo Clinic asked Vice President Mike Pence to wear a mask prior to his visit. Not only did he refuse, but he intimidated Mayo Clinic into deleting its tweet about it. Staged photo opportunities are more important to Pence than protecting American lives, which is beyond shameful. pic.twitter.com/8s6YHAxvAr— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) April 28, 2020
In response to questions about why Pence wasn’t wearing a mask, the Mayo Clinic tweeted this earlier. Then they deleted it. So that’s normal. pic.twitter.com/7peNxMxx7t
— shauna (@goldengateblond) April 28, 2020
deleting a tweet generally. brings more attention to it. now we need to know who demanded it from @vp office. I'm sure during a pandemic they really needed this fire drill at the Mayo Clinic. https://t.co/6G1ABGsZZf— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) April 28, 2020
Mostly, however, people are angry that our top national leaders are clearly more concerned with appearances than the health and safety of the people they’re supposedly governing.
The Vice President of the United States toured the Mayo Clinic, which has a mandatory mask policy, with no mask, during a pandemic that has already taken the lives of over 55,000 Americans.— Daniel Uhlfelder (@DWUhlfelderLaw) April 28, 2020
"welcome to mayo clinic mr. vice president, we are the standard setter for fighting coronavirus, would u like a mask?"— m i t h (@ManlnTheHoody) April 28, 2020
"nope, im just here to collect two of every animal" pic.twitter.com/J6j2NtngYH
In a visit to the famed Mayo Clinic, which requires everyone to wear a face covering right now …— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) April 28, 2020
- Doctors wore masks.
- A patient wore a mask.
- The FDA commissioner, tagging along, wore a mask.
Mike Pence did not.https://t.co/qIyMez99DB
i understand the complaints that the mayo clinic should have somehow denied the vice president of the united states entry but lets not forget how fuckin arrogant and shitty not wearing a mask is and contravening their rule in the first place because of your position— darth™ (@darth) April 28, 2020
Seeing Mike Pence without a mask at the Mayo Clinic, while every other human in the room wore one, and he was WARNED about the policy, tells you everything you need to know about WHY we have 1 million cases and over 57,000 dead. pic.twitter.com/2JUkqi4Poj— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) April 28, 2020
Pence standing in the middle of the Mayo Clinic with no mask is about the most Mike Pence thing I’ve seen since pic.twitter.com/EqdNafwACq— Angry Staffer (@AngrierWHStaff) April 28, 2020
Mike Pence wont go in a room with a woman, but he will walk around the Mayo Clinic without a mask? Get the F out of here.— JeremyNewberger (@jeremynewberger) April 28, 2020
To be fair, he’s already wearing a mask of serene smugness over his mask of a dutiful disciple of Christ.