Mike Pence without a mask at a Mayo Clinic and tweet saying they told him about the policy

Mike Pence Tours Health Clinic Without A Mask After He Was Asked To Wear One

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.

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.

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.

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.

To be fair, he’s already wearing a mask of serene smugness over his mask of a dutiful disciple of Christ.