Mike Pence went mask-free while visiting medical staff & patients at the Mayo Clinic

Mother’s Husband Mike Pence decided to visit the Mayo Clinic yesterday to personally thank medical personnel for their work during the pandemic. To thank him, this blob decided to go without a mask for the entire trip. He was greeted by the mask-wearing governor of Minnesota and continued to meet a steady stream of nurses, doctors and patients, all of whom were wearing masks. Pence had excuses for why he decided to forgo the mask:

Vice President Pence visited the Mayo Clinic on Tuesday and spoke with patients and staff while not wearing a face mask, an apparent violation of the medical center’s policy during the coronavirus pandemic and a decision that also appears to run contrary to the Trump administration’s recommendations for combating the outbreak.

Asked by reporters later about his decision not to wear a mask, Pence noted that he is frequently tested for coronavirus and so didn’t need to wear one.

“As vice president of the United States, I’m tested for the coronavirus on a regular basis, and everyone who is around me is tested for the coronavirus,” Pence said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance states that masks are helpful for preventing the transmission of the coronavirus because even people who do not show symptoms can still spread the virus, particularly in “public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.” The agency does not address whether someone who has recently been tested should wear a mask. Pence’s office declined to provide further details about when the vice president was last tested as well its discussions with the Mayo Clinic.

“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,” Pence said.

[From The Washington Post]

He wanted to “look them in the eye and say thank you” and a mask would have hindered that HOW? Does Mother’s Husband think that people can’t see his squinty little rat eyes if he’s wearing a mask? Does he understand that tons of people are getting false negatives on their corona test? And even if they test negative, they can still be asymptomatic carriers? He endangered hundreds of people for no reason other than arrogance and stupidity.

The Mayo Clinic had to delete this tweet when Pence arrived mask-free:

Here’s some video of Pence being the only f–king dude without a mask:

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  1. tempest prognosticator says:

    Is this supposed to impress his fan base? Does he have a fan base?

    • Lightpurple says:

      It’s to send a message to the fan base that all is well and safe and continue to fight against those governors who are telling you to stay home.

      • Esmom says:

        I can’t read anything but contempt from it — it definitely signals to people that they should fight the stay at home orders.

        And his excuse about looking people in the eyes is about as pathetic as Trump claiming his injecting disinfectants comment was sarcasm. These people are not only evil, they are complete and utter imbeciles.

      • adastraperaspera says:

        Yes, this is it. He is telegraphing the false message that the virus is not serious. This is to convince the base that Democrats are just using it to hurt Trump. He’s campaigning for the election. They care nothing about killing people. He knows they must win the election to escape prosecution. As my grandmother used to say, “this makes me so mad I want to spit nails.”

      • Mumbles says:

        Yup, there is NOTHING this soulless puppet does without direction and clearance by the powers that be. This was the message they wanted to send – this virus isn’t serious. And it is disgustingly disrespectful to the hospital staff, the patients, and their families.

    • VS says:

      His fan base is not made up of rational people. It is made up of people who think the economy should re-open because the lockdown is akin to slavery or communism or whatever they can come up with

    • Snappyfish says:

      It was a message to an audience of One. His despicable craven amoral boss. I was completely astounded that the Mayo Clinic let the tour to continue. He was near patients. He needs to set an example & apparently it’s ‘I don’t have to follow rules’ which sends the wrong message, especially to their cult followers.

      These people are unbelievably dangerous. Get rid of them all. Vote Them & all that supported, backed & buffered them out of office.

    • Holly hobby says:

      It impresses his moronic master. And why are we wasting millions of tests on this meat puppet?

    • Cassandra says:

      I have a feeling there’s some vanity involved in this choice too

  2. Becks1 says:

    The sheer arrogance of this man.

    I’m sure Letizia and Felipe are tested regularly too, and they wore masks and gloves the other day. It’s about leading by example.

    • Kimmie says:

      Exactly this! Leading by example, which I honestly think this is what he’s doing. His example is to fight the stay home orders. I can’t wait to vote in November.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      besides the fact that IT’S A MAYO CLINIC POLICY!!! I could test negative and I’d STILL have to wear a mask in a grocery store or pharmacy!

      ugh, I wish the person at the door of the clinic was like “nah, son…put on a mask”.

      • AnnaKist says:

        That’s what I was thinking, whatWHAT, even though I’m not American. What a plonker. He’s an arrogant bastard, alright.

      • Scal says:

        Right?! It’s a hospital-rules are rules.

        The sheer number of his supporters who bought the whole ‘oh he gets tested all the time, why bother’ excuse just has me wanting to punch someone.

      • Truthiness says:

        What if he is carrying a DIFFERENT virus?

      • Trashaddict says:

        How cowardly is it of Mayo Clinic administrators, for God’s sake, to not nip this in the bud! “Mr. Vice President, that’s our policy, you may not go in without a mask, it will send the wrong message to our staff and patients”. Please, SOMEONE tell these people to sit down and STFU.

  3. ChillyWilly says:

    The clinic should have made him put one on. I don’t know why anyone is treating this Nazi administration with any kind of respect at this point. Just treat them like the evil scum that they are.

    • liz says:

      The clinic isn’t at fault here. They have to make nice to a vindictive set of assholes who have a lot of power. They told him what their policy was and he choose to ignore it. If the Mayo Clinic said “Sorry Mr Vice President, you can’t come in unless you have a mask on.” the administration would have found a way to screw with their access to PPE or some other nasty, spiteful action. It’s not about treating them with respect, it’s about acknowledging political reality.

      • LadyMTL says:

        Exactly this. I’m sure everyone who works there was cringing and (possibly) even cursing inside their heads, but when saying something out loud could mean perhaps risking their supply of PPE they made sure to keep it to themselves.

      • Darla says:

        Oh you’re right. I was so mad and thinking, they should have told him no mask go home! But you’re right. they would have been made to suffer, maybe even DIE, for it. Jesus, how is any of this real????

      • Ann says:

        The clinic is absolutely at fault here. They failed to enforce their own policies and allowed a high risk individual to walk around their facility while putting everyone around him at risk. It is entirely ok to be pissed at Mayo for this.

      • Golly Gee says:

        Someone should have *accidentally* coughed on him. He would have suddenly remembered that he needed to be somewhere else, and hightailed it out of there.
        On the other hand, he doubtlessly believes that God would never allow him to be infected. The testing done on him is to mollify the nonbelievers. (My imaginings on the mind of Mike Pence. Shudders.)

      • Trashaddict says:

        If you let people like this have power over you, they will. It’s time to stop with enabling an administration that has contributed to the sickness and death of thousands.
        Oh, and PS Mike you ignorant twit, something like 25% of tests are falsely negative. That’s what makes this nasty little virus so bad.

    • DM2 says:

      They requested/told him to wear a mask. He chose not to. The utter arrogance; he could be a carrier, but of course, none of the deplorables are. Health workers and innocents coming down or dying from this, and these arseholes are not contracting it! There’s’ no justice in this world!

    • Amy says:

      The clinic told him to wear a mask, he refused they can’t manhandle and force the VP to do something. Also they need not piss off this administration if they want to get funding or have them do what they are supposed to do. It is sick but medical experts are walking a fine line here and by doing so they are saving our lives or at least trying to.

    • Truthiness says:

      We have seen how vengeful this administration is. If the hospital got in the way of this planned PR move they could all of a sudden being seeing their PPE shipments get hijacked by the Feds. They may have done this from the start to help them get needed supplies.

  4. Some chick says:

    How long, how long must we sing this song?

    How long?

    How looooong?

  5. Eleonor says:

    he shoud have asked Boris Johnson about his trip in intensive care.

  6. Charlie says:

    Being a patient at Mayo is intense – it’s days of specialist after specialist with multiple lab draws and scary tests. I would have lost my shit with this asshat if he had done this while I was there.

    It’s telling that he thinks anyone there gave a damn about his gratitude. I promise you all anyone felt was his intrusion into seriously ill people’s privacy. This is NOT how you give thanks.

    • pottymouth pup says:

      considering his outright lies about testing, his commentary that he can do as he wishes because he & those around him are tested regularly is so very one deaf. I want him, Trump, the rest of this heinous administration and the GOP politicians and media propping this administration up to face real and harsh consequences of this pandemic & be held accountable not only for being traitors to this country, but also for crimes against humanity. This is some real Nazi/Khmer Rouge/Sadam Hussein level evil

      • Kkat says:

        I want the administration and the gop politicians to get it, then maybe they will take the virus seriously

  7. Lightpurple says:

    While he was doing this, Trump and Ivanka brought several hundred people, many with disabilities, into the White House for an event cheering Ivanka for single-handedly saving every small business in the United States, no social distancing, not a mask in sight. The Trump administration was united in spreading the virus yesterday, sending clear whistles to the MAGATS to rise up and take no precautions

    • Esmom says:

      I saw a video clip and I was horrified by her tone deafness. She sounded like a motivational speaker, all dumb, empty platitudes and zero clue about what is actually happening in real life with small businesses.

      Someone on Twitter called her the “head of the Vapid Response Team.”

      • Lightpurple says:

        And she has tweeted that clip half a dozen times now and made the White House and several federal agencies tweet about it. She also sat in on a telephone call to the governor of NJ yesterday and then did another half dozen tweets about how she is saving NJ. 58,000 Americans are dead, thanks to her and Daddy and Jared, but hey, watch me sit in on a phone call and make a vapid speech in a crowded room while pretending people aren’t getting sick. And look at my Ill-fitting jumpsuit!

      • lucy2 says:

        There were a couple of idiots going “oh that’s nice” here in NJ about the call, and the rest of us were…not pleased.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        ““head of the Vapid Response Team.”

        Wow, that is so apt. I’m stealing it!

  8. damejudi says:

    Just because he tested negative on one day doesn’t mean he’s forever immune.

    Idiot.

  9. Cate says:

    Ladies and gentlemen, let’s hear it for the head of the Coronavirus task force, recipient of this year’s Darwin Award.

    • C-Shell says:

      TBH, the candidates for this year’s award would fill stadiums.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      Yep, maybe we should let Darwinism run its course with Pence and his ilk. (Of course, even though he fights against tax-payer supported medical plans, Pence himself gets free, taxpayer-paid for medical care so we will all foot the bill when he eventually gets sick from this disease, has to go into intensive care, and eventually dies).

    • Arpeggi says:

      That’s not how Darwinism works though. Sadly, Pence has reproduced: even if he died, his stupid genes and Mother’s will pass to another generation

  10. Mellie says:

    Why couldn’t he have just put on the god damn mask without all the excuses….so instead we all think he’s a bigger pos than we all already thought he was. I guess he probably went home and prayed the virus away.

  11. Aang says:

    Mother told him if he prays hard enough he’ll be immune.

  12. Carobell says:

    How many people will catch the virus, spread the virus, die of the virus because the VP is too proud to wear a mask and they see him as a role model?

    It is literally the easiest way to protect yourself and others.

  13. Alexandria says:

    They don’t believe in science. No need to overanalyse. Just vote them out…rooting for my sane Americans…

  14. kellyRyan says:

    I’m looking forward to the disappearance of these misfits. Pence, no longer making news, along with McConnell, Drumpf living a lonely life in a closed Mir A Lago and eventually facing a trial and prison courtesy of SDNY.

  15. KSK says:

    It’s awesome that he’s getting tested all the time when there are tons of people who can’t even get one test.

    • Teebee says:

      Exactly what I’m thinking, he acts like the test is a Kleenex box by his bedside. Wakes up, takes a test, gets ready for his day, la-dee-dah!

      Test kits strewn about the floors of the White House, tests for everybody because they need to fake healthiness for the American people…

      Pence became the Marie Antoinette meme of Covid America: Let them get tested!

      Except they can’t, or the tests are rendered useless due to lack of labs, or testing agents, or false-positives…🙄🙄🙄

      • stephka says:

        My thoughts exactly. He is wasting tests when he could be using the same protective measures everyone else is required to use. It’s absolutely disgusting.

    • Truthiness says:

      They said everyone around him is getting tested too. Now we know who is hogging hundreds of tests!

  16. lucy2 says:

    My understanding is that the mask doesn’t protect the wearer, it protects everyone else FROM the wearer. So by not wearing one, he’s showing zero respect for anyone else he comes in contact with.
    I’m usually a pretty even tempered person, don’t swear a lot, don’t like confrontation, but just seeing these photos makes me want to scream PUT ON A MASK YOU DISGUSTING PIECE OF SH!T!

    • IMUCU says:

      @Lucy2 I’m not much of a swearer either, but that was my sentiment too yesterday! I’m SO tired of this and angry at the people who actively support and enable this administration. Such willful ignorance.

      False negatives are happening with the swabs and false positives with the antibody tests. I just tested positive for IgA (negative for IgM and IgG), but scientists don’t quite have solid information for what that means, so I also got swabbed yesterday for COVID just in case (and I’m staying home from work). I think the IgA is elevated for me because I have Lupus and bloodwork I just had last week showed all of my inflammatory markers elevated (which I’m very disappointed about and means I have to go back on my immunosuppressant, which I was suspecting anyway bc I am having other sx come back; the lab results confirmed it). We’ve had patients in the peds office I work in also be positive for IgA, but negative with the swab for an active infection. Will the develop an infection in a few days or be asympomatic carriers? Did they already have one? Research doesn’t know yet. And even if someone does get over COVID19, we still don’t know what the reinfection rate is. There is still so much we are learning about this illness and out tools aren’t perfect so we need to remain vigilant in protecting ourselves and others.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      Lucy2, I will shout that right along with you!

  17. JRenee says:

    He’s part of the established problem. I would have been furious if he tried to interact with me under the circumstances.

  18. Kersplasha says:

    Piece of crap. Dangerous, idiotic human. Mayo shouldn’t have let him in.

  19. Darla says:

    This is a new thing on the right though; real men don’t wear masks.

    I see it in one of my trumpster brothers, he’s the real cultist. The other one is a trumpster, but he actually will criticize trump at times, and he wears a mask and gloves. But we all know it’s the cultists who are the biggest danger, and I’m telling you, they are all down with the real man thing. And real women don’t sex men who wear masks, of course. As a woman who has always found brains sexier than brawn, this befuddles me, but it is what it is. I can’t smack them all in the face, I’d be in jail!

  20. Sharonk says:

    He’s a disgrace like his boss.
    I wonder what he really tells his wife? Things like,”I work for a despicable stupid moron. “
    It would be fitting if trump dumped him for
    Another VP candidate.
    Mayo Clinic should have denied him access.

  21. Arpeggi says:

    “Trust me babe, no need for condoms, I got tested last week”
    That’s pretty much what he’s doing and you know it’s BS

    I have doubts about the usefulness of makeshifts masks when going out on the street, but in a hospital setting with sick patients and healthcare workers? You gown up! You wear a mask!

    But he also touched space hardware with a huge “Do not touch” sign on it so what did we expect?

  22. shanaynay says:

    That is just stupid and dangerous. Shame on him.

  23. My3cents says:

    I can only imagine his response if a woman asked him to use a condom.
    “Its fine I get tested all the time…”
    Zero respect for others.
    Asshole.

  24. Rapunzel says:

    The new right wing propaganda is that masks will make you sicker as you breathe your own air, and stress your immune system, making you immunocompromised and more at risk, like if you have diabetes or lupus.

    No joke- this is what I had a rwnj yell at me recently.

    I’ve also been told I’m a “dummy” and “f-ing stupid” for saying sunlight will not kill the virus inside you because it “lives in our noses, not our blood”- wtf? And that there are machines which can clean out blood and put it back– I assume this refers to a dialysis machine, which apparently can clean our blood of viruses. Only it can’t.

    • Darla says:

      I haven’t heard this one yet, thanks for the warning.

      the stupidity we are subject to, not as geniuses, just as rational humans. It’s really mind boggling. It’s like being transported back to 1528 and trying to explain the phone in your purse, as the villagers point and scream “WITCH” and “DEVIL” at you.

  25. Jessica says:

    I work in an ICU and the false negative rate is high as f*&k. We test patients several times at this point. Some don’t come back negative until the 3rd or 4th test. There are patients that we simply treat as covid + because they present that way even if their test is neg.

    This visit was wrong on several levels, not just the mask. As a gesture of respect, he should have worn a mask and stated that he was following hospital policy. However, he should never have been there in the first place. Loved ones all over the world aren’t allowed in to see their families – and not just ICU. It’s throughout the entire hospital. Doesn’t matter if your loved one is on a step down unit – NO ONE CAN VISIT. It has to be end of life circumstances, and even then the visit is extremely controlled.

    And yet he barges in there with a photographer.

    The bottom line is that we still don’t know so much about covid 19. It is so irresponsible to go into a hospital without having a really good reason. And certainly not without a damn mask. This seems like it was a Trump move to give fuel to his followers. He’s looking for press.

    • lucy2 says:

      Good point. I hope all the patients he visited were like “GTFO, I’d rather see my family and can’t”.
      Thank you for the work you are doing, and stay well!

  26. Amy says:

    I have to be honest I don’t care what happens to Mike Pence if he gets sick well he made a choice. But the fact he would endanger the lives of doctors and patients is UNFORGIVABLE!!1

    And honestly that is all i can say because I get so mad that I will get in trouble.

    Garbage human these people in the administration. (And i apologize for insulting garbage)

    • Tiffany :) says:

      “the fact he would endanger the lives of doctors and patients is UNFORGIVABLE!!”

      I agree 100%. What a heartless, selfish and ignorant thing for him to do.

      This administration is filled with the WORST people.

  27. Jerusha says:

    Asshole. I wish my thoughts had actual consequences.

  28. Kathryn says:

    What a dumbass. I had just listened to an NPR story saying that Pence was handling the pandemic in a responsive, non political way, with some Dem governors praising his organized leadership. Then he does this. Plesae vote these dangerous idiots out of office in November.

  29. Maida says:

    If Pence had followed policy and worn a mask, it would have been a great opportunity to model the behavior that is going to keep more people well.

    But no. It’s all selfish grandstanding all the time with this administration. I am so thoroughly and totally sick of it. There is no excuse.

  30. nicole says:

    Cant stand this drippy idiot, and the way he talks ‘oh schuks, gee whiz’ he makes me want to puke, I almost hate him as much as the disgusting peice of crap he works under.

  31. Gee Mitchell says:

    The Pence is just as dumb and stupid as his moron boss.

  32. Tiffany :) says:

    He and this administration are such HORRIBLE examples for our country.

    Leadership is about a number of things, but one of them being an example. Publicly doing practices that you want to see others doing. Like when the Obama got the H1N1 vaccine and had photos taken.

    https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/blog/2009/12/21/president-and-first-lady-get-vaccinated

    That is one area where Pence and Trump have failed us the most. When we should have been social distancing, they were holding rallies. When we should have been taking this seriously, they were downplaying the risks. When we should be wearing masks, they go maskless.

    • stormsmama says:

      this is not foolishness, this is not idiocy
      this is NOT accidental
      with Trump and Pence NEVER FORGET: the cruelty is the point

  33. ClaireB says:

    I feel like, in addition to sending the message that the virus is nothing to worry about and is on the way out, him mentioning how often he and the people around him are tested when most people can’t get a test at all is striking a weird note. I mean, it pisses me off like crazy, but what is it supposed to tell his base? Testing is not important unless you’re a VIP?

  34. Coco says:

    I just read Alexandra Petri’s column in The Washington Post, titled “Sweet God, Where Are Mike Pence’s Eyes?”

  35. 3mom says:

    Someone on Twitter pointed out that the ‘patient’ in the picture is wearing the same ID badge as the clinic employees.

    • Trashaddict says:

      It would be a giggle if they got mock patients in there, but that guy could very well be a hospital employee. Hate to tell you, but an awful lot of them are getting infected. On the flip side, they would be very willing to donate serum if they are immune because there is some hope that it will work.

  36. Jane says:

    The arrogance. He could be infectious before he tests positive, before he shows symptoms. And if he’s only being tested weekly I read somewhere, that’s up to 7 days between tests when he could get infected and be passing it on.

  37. Mikunda says:

    He is so creepy-looking. The fact he is putting his vanity above rules and other people’s safety is so sad – what a poor excuse for a leader.