Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Minnesota's Mayo Clinic on Tuesday drew more jeers than cheers.
In settings where every person wore a mask in recognition of Mayo's pathogen control policy, Pence stood out like a sore thumb.
You can see coverage and reactions to Pence's defiance of Mayo Clinic rules here.
Pence Blasted For Defying Mayo Clinic Face Mask Rule During Visit | The 11th Hour | MSNBCyoutu.be
People called Pence's excuse of wanting to "look them in the eye" as his reason for not wearing a mask feeble at best. Many cited President Donald Trump's refusal to wear a mask the real reason Pence flouted Mayo's pandemic protocols.
On Wednesday morning, comedian and former late night host David Letterman weighed in.
David Letterman has some thoughts on that jackass Mike Pence https://t.co/YMZFZA734R https://t.co/0NTqbcaBnL— foolishwatcher (@foolishwatcher) 1588177055.0
Current and former 'Late Show' hosts Stephen Colbert and David Letterman railed against Mike Pence's visit to the M… https://t.co/JssfYz82mq— Rolling Stone (@Rolling Stone) 1588180683.0
In an appearance on Howard Stern's SiriusXM show, Letterman—a native of Indiana—said of Pence:
"This is particularly a thorn in my side because he used to be the governor of Indiana. I had nothing to do with that."
"If you're going to the Mayo Clinic because you have [the virus], you really have it. You're not going up there because you like the turn down service."
The fellow Indiana native pulled no punches when speaking about the former governor and current Vice President.
"And [Pence] goes up there—and he takes time off from his gig as a mannequin—and he's walking around without a mask taunting these poor people who are bedridden and wearing a mask."
David Letterman told Howard Stern he was disgusted to see Vice President Mike Pence touring the Mayo Clinic without… https://t.co/delW3TVuPe— The Hollywood Reporter (@The Hollywood Reporter) 1588165607.0
I’m with Dave. #hoosierclash https://t.co/lOIhq4s1ce— Tiffany Shine (@Tiffany Shine) 1588187117.0
"To me thats just taunting people who are ill. To see that guy in his $40 suit walking through the Mayo Clinic without a mask."
The former late night staple shared the news that his longtime bandleader Paul Shaffer's wife had been confirmed to have the viral pathogen at the root of the global pandemic.
Letterman also addressed Trump's opposition to wearing masks, telling Stern:
"I have a buddy of mine who works at the state department, who's in charge of semi-secret information. And he told me that this whole thing with Trumpy and the mask, he won't wear a mask because they can't figure out how to attach it to his hair."
@JRubinBlogger David Letterman just told Howard Stern that according to a friend of his in the government Trump won… https://t.co/t9P3unxs7z— Henry Ehrlich (@Henry Ehrlich) 1588164680.0
People agreed with Letterman's assessment of Pence.
Pence is an idiot https://t.co/xepbEuLEBs— jrs113 (@jrs113) 1588184445.0
#Mike Pence only has a 3rd grade Education. He just proved it , https://t.co/iZNTPsVq79— Michael Manlove (@Michael Manlove) 1588183180.0
Thank you for calling him out. They should be ashamed to be so discourteous to ALL of us, but to go in and be so bl… https://t.co/YQa1LGH5Q2— Anna (@Anna) 1588183088.0
@Walker00101 @THR New GOP normal - not following policy of a major hospital.— AnEditorDude 🇺🇸 (@AnEditorDude 🇺🇸) 1588177478.0
Conservative outlet Breitbart News fired back at Letterman in Pence's defense.
Their salvo misfired however.
@BreitbartNews He’s from Indiana (pence’s home state). He’s younger than trump. And despite not being born into wea… https://t.co/2pq5l2kMx9— Luke Zaleski (@Luke Zaleski) 1588173900.0
@BreitbartNews So i am a republican and i have a question; is @BreitbartNews just a troll hole now? Because letterm… https://t.co/CqpGfav9fS— giovani F (@giovani F) 1588172658.0
@BreitbartNews Yeah ok. So he is very rich but “washed up”?? Letterman is a REAL PATRIOT. Flaccid Pence is a moron.— Mr. CloroxPants (@Mr. CloroxPants) 1588175543.0
As of Wednesday, the number of confirmed cases in the United States reached 1.05 million—about a third of all cases on Earth. The death toll in the USA reached 60,474—over a quarter of all deaths from the pandemic. The United States accounts for only 4.2 percent of the people on Earth.
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