Cases of the virus that's upended daily life in the United States continue to spike in several states, but President Donald Trump's administration seems eager to proceed as normal nevertheless.
The once-daily briefings on the virus were long ago abandoned. The President will begin holding rallies against next week. And Vice President Mike Pence is visiting crowded campaign offices.
But as much as the administration may will it to be true, Americans aren't just going to forget that we're in a pandemic.
That may be why the Vice President deleted a tweet showing him meeting indoors with nearly 100 huddled campaign members without a mask in sight.
It appears that Mike Pence has deleted this tweet. https://t.co/Fp3EQNFe9S— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin) 1591838750.0
It now appears that Vice President Mike Pence, who chairs the White House Coronavirus Task force, has deleted this… https://t.co/QLhdB2n8zV— DJ Judd (@DJ Judd) 1591837773.0
It's especially unsettling that Mike Pence would brag about the flouting of guidelines on Twitter, given that the President controversially appointed him as response director for the virus.
The Vice President may have deleted the tweet but as everyone knows, the internet is forever.
@kylegriffin1 Heck of a job, Pencey, head of the COVID task force.— CathyO (@CathyO) 1591839102.0
@kylegriffin1 Why? Because of the disregard for covid or strategically placing the one person of color in the shot in the very front?— The Seer (@The Seer) 1591838826.0
@DJJudd @llmich Not a mask in the place. Jesus these are the leaders?— Jackie Connolly (@Jackie Connolly) 1591840902.0
@DJJudd Sheer ignorance and recklessness. That is what they call a super-spreader-friendly environment. As Pence sa… https://t.co/zKSCV3ahL4— Stacey Goldenberg (@Stacey Goldenberg) 1591849875.0
The Vice President made waves earlier this summer when he went without a mask on a tour of the Mayo Clinic, whose rules mandate the wearing of masks.
The deleted tweet soon gave birth to a new nickname for the veep.
@kylegriffin1 We'll always remember #MasklessMike saluting his troops. https://t.co/TQ2lzcEExE— Flatten the fascism, not the webrant🕺------🕺 (@Flatten the fascism, not the webrant🕺------🕺) 1591839289.0
Want to see what #COVIDIDIOTS look like? Check out #MasklessMike and the trump campaign team. Pence at least realiz… https://t.co/T7vbDfGFJL— lynne e harrison (@lynne e harrison) 1591889856.0
@BluebirdsofMO @GovParsonMO How totally irresponsible #masklessmike numbers of cases statewide are going up; 10% in… https://t.co/ARnGvDv99A— Keith Strassner (@Keith Strassner) 1590110891.0
Over 110 thousand Americans have died from the virus.