Vice President Mike Pence drew public ridicule after refusing to wear a mask during a recent visit to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
At first, Pence claimed he chose not to wear a mask—a direct violation of Mayo's policies and standard policy for hospitals across the country—because he wanted to look people in the eyes.
But in an appearance on Fox & Friends, Second Lady Karen Pence sang a different tune. Co-host Ainsley Earhardt asked Pence to explain her husband's choice.
Karen Pence replied:
"That's a great question. I'm glad that you asked me."
"First of all, it was a great visit to Mayo. They're doing amazing research with blood from recovering [pandemic] patients."
"And as our medical experts have told us, wearing a mask prevents you from spreading the disease and knowing that he doesn't have [the virus], he didn't wear one."
The Second Lady then added:
"It was actually after he left Mayo Clinic that he found out that they had a policy of asking everyone to wear a mask."
You can see the exchange here.
On Fox & Friends, Karen Pence defends her husband for not wearing a mask at the Mayo Clinic, claiming he didn't kno… https://t.co/2M5HzD0pvm— Bobby Lewis (@Bobby Lewis)1588251794.0
Despite appearing in a split screen video clearly showing even the Vice President's Secret Service detail wearing black masks in the background of footage of her husband at Mayo Clinic, Pence expected people to believe he husband was only told of the policy after leaving.
In her scenario, all members of the media and the United States Secret Service kept the Mayo Clinic's pandemic policy a secret from her husband. And when asked, her husband claimed ho chose it was so he could look people in the eye instead of saying he had not been informed of the policy.
You can watch the full segment here.
Karen Pence claims VP was unaware of Mayo Clinic's mask policy youtu.be
It took no time at all for people to poke holes in Karen Pence's claim.
As well as question some of her other statements.
also interesting she said mask-wearing is mostly to keep you from potentially spreading the virus, not contracting… https://t.co/hbQeu3f3Ux— Bobby Lewis (@Bobby Lewis)1588251968.0
Many pointed out the post that the Mayo Clinic tweeted then deleted.
@revrrlewis Not what the Mayo Clinic tweeted (and then deleted) https://t.co/B38IZztfE7— Helen Kennedy (@Helen Kennedy)1588252563.0
@revrrlewis @KarenPence @SecondLady https://t.co/qrwu1FvMWA— Mark Stern (@Mark Stern)1588252276.0
@revrrlewis @KarenPence @SecondLady Do you think @KarenPence @SecondLady also lies in confession?— Mark Stern (@Mark Stern)1588252755.0
@revrrlewis He said he didn't wear a mask b/c he wanted to look people in the eyes. I thought lying was a sin. Was… https://t.co/507JhqgniZ— D Villella ❄️ (@D Villella ❄️)1588259344.0
Much of the criticism revolved around the Pence's perpetual profession of their Christian faith and that faith's stance on lying.
@dvillella @revrrlewis I thought lying was a sin to....looks like Karen Pence is as much a liar as her husband— Missy (@Missy)1588273852.0
@revrrlewis Bulkshit on a stick. Hospitals all across the country have made it clear no one enters without a mask.… https://t.co/I2i1ZPlJiC— lawhawk (@lawhawk)1588252478.0
@revrrlewis Wearing masks protects others should you be sick, and it reduces chances that someone else can pass it… https://t.co/jcPyoWSEpd— lawhawk (@lawhawk)1588252520.0
@revrrlewis Seriously?? She's going with "he didn't know"??? The 2nd in command "didn't know" he should wear a mas… https://t.co/4A5Bv8Btza— FordPrefect (@FordPrefect)1588252220.0
@FordPrefect2020 @joanneintexas @revrrlewis When they say things like, this it doesn’t make them appear smarter or… https://t.co/xIZTZ9C4a8— 🛹🛹Mary Kay Dieterich (Forti) (@🛹🛹Mary Kay Dieterich (Forti))1588254429.0
@revrrlewis What does the Bible say about lying?— Azia Gunn (@Azia Gunn)1588252065.0
@revrrlewis Karen Pence defends the indefensible. #MikePence is the biggest sychophant of all. https://t.co/TKIu1d81aI— Eugene Eugenius 🌊 (@Eugene Eugenius 🌊)1588254633.0
@CrockerBoy @revrrlewis https://t.co/UDXSijlDqm— Binford Carter (@Binford Carter)1588255023.0
Karen Pence's appearance on Fox & Friends likely did more harm than good.
Either the Second Lady lied or her husband is incompetent.
Neither is a good look.
@revrrlewis Wow. Up until this moment, I didn’t realize that Karen Pence could lie so casually and so easily as her… https://t.co/pBEmUdTE87— Russell Drew (@Russell Drew)1588255636.0
@revrrlewis https://t.co/7MjVTsn66a— Stella (@Stella)1588253084.0
People asked how a competent leader could not know something every person around him was aware of.
@HelenKennedy @revrrlewis I understand they deleted that because they had directly advised his staff of that expres… https://t.co/45xFy6B57r— Stan Gennihan (@Stan Gennihan)1588252823.0
@_jimh @HelenKennedy @revrrlewis Staff is an extension of him - did he mot see everyone else wearing the masks?— Joaquin Murrieta (@Joaquin Murrieta)1588253296.0
@zorroreal @_jimh @HelenKennedy @revrrlewis His excuse for not wearing a mask made it obvious he was aware that he… https://t.co/crP2BcUPQe— Jason Ackery 3rd (@Jason Ackery 3rd)1588253687.0
@JasonAckery3rd @zorroreal @_jimh @HelenKennedy @revrrlewis Sign, policy, notification. None of that matters. He, a… https://t.co/sHFpud5a7Y— Neil (@Neil)1588254248.0
@neilggrupert @JasonAckery3rd @zorroreal @_jimh @HelenKennedy @revrrlewis And he’s is the HEAD of the covid19 task… https://t.co/i5eBmulPCB— Anastasia (@Anastasia)1588254685.0
@Ingy2009 @neilggrupert @zorroreal @_jimh @HelenKennedy @revrrlewis Perhaps another clue would have been the fact t… https://t.co/fBxUbI6lFl— Jason Ackery 3rd (@Jason Ackery 3rd)1588255059.0
How long the Pence's cling to this latest excuse remains to be seen.