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‘Didn’t Want to Hide His Face at Publicity Photoshoot’: Pence Blasted for Refusing to Wear a Mask Inside Mayo Clinic



Vice President Mike Pence visited the renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, but as video shows he refused to wear a face mask, which the CDC has said is vital to slow the spread of coronavirus. Pence also ignored critical social distancing guidelines. He was the only person not wearing a mask, and the Mayo Clinic was forced to issue a statement later announcing they had informed him  of their masking policy, which he clearly ignored.

It’s also unclear why Pence is traveling at all, given much of the nation is still under guidelines that urge stay-at-home policies and opening of only essential businesses. On Tuesday the coronavirus pandemic reached one million U.S. cases and more than 57,000 U.S. deaths. NPR notes that Minnesota is “a key 2020 battleground state that favored Hillary Clinton in 2016 and elected a Democratic governor in 2018.”

New: Pence: ‘I Don’t Have the Coronavirus’ So It’s OK I Was the Only One at the Mayo Clinic Not Wearing a Mask

Here’s a short clip of the Vice President, the only person in the room not wearing a mask.

Many were appalled, given masks help slow the spread of coronavirus, and leading by example is a requirement of the job.

UPDATE: 3:04 PM ET –
“Forget that he’s the vice president, this is the kind of human being that repels me at the grocery store,” says MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace. She notes that the entire building wore masks.


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Trump Advisers ‘Practically Begged Him’ to Promote Vaccines to MAGA Followers — but He Won’t



Polls consistently show that Trump supporters are the most resistantto getting vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, and former President Donald Trump doesn’t seem all that interested in changing their minds.

The Daily Beast reports that Trump advisers say they’ve tried to convince the former president to do more to get his diehard fans to get vaccinated, but so far he hasn’t done much other than occasionally say that people should take the vaccine.

“I have practically begged him to get out there constantly and make videos calling on his supporters who are hesitant to get their shots,” one Trump confidante told The Daily Beast. “Last time I checked in, I hadn’t heard of any positive movement in that direction.”

Former Trump HHS official Michael Caputo similarly tells the website that he informed Trump last year that his own supporters were the least likely to get vaccinated.

“We were talking amongst ourselves in HHS in August, saying that it was ironic that the most vaccine-hesitant among us were our friends, our allies,” he said, “and we still face that question.”

Trump actually was vaccinated before he left the White House in January, but he declined to have photos or videos taken of the vaccination and he kept his vaccination a secret until he talked about it at the Conservative Political Action Conference weeks later.

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