Mike Pence’s Decision to Skip Mask at Mayo Prompts Fury Among Trump-Haters

Nicole Wallace, the resident Republican at MSNBC, lashed into Vice President Mike Pence for breaking the Mayo Clinic’s rule that all visitors wear face masks amid the coronavirus, and in doing so exposed her deep-rooted contempt for all things Trump administration, Buck Sexton, the host of“The Buck Sexton Show,” said Wednesday.

Wallace apparently couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw Pence in the hospital and claimed he revealed himself to be a “coronavirus truther, or at least a mask-truther.”

She pointed to a video of Pence engaging in an “elbow bump” greeting, which apparently put her over the edge.

“He’s also much closer than 6 feet,” she determined. “I mean, to touch an elbow, you have to touch something. He’s closer than six feet. Forget he’s the vice president. This is the kind of human being that repels me in the grocery store or the Walmart. I don’t want to be that close to anybody while we’re still at this phase of the pandemic.”

Sexton worked to ease Wallace’s apparent repulsion and said Pence has been tested for the virus several times and the people around him have been tested for the virus.

“There’s no such thing as perfect protection from the virus, so what the heck is Nicole 'the-idiot' Wallace talking about here? They’re truthers? What does that mean, that they don’t think the virus is real?”

The term “truther” grew in prominence after the Sept. 11 attacks. A truther tends to believe in conspiracy theories and not the generally accepted account.

Wallace said Pence either “doesn’t believe that the mask is keeping people safe, or he doesn’t think that rule applies to him.”

Calls for healthy individuals to wear masks during the outbreak are relatively new. It was initially believed that only medical workers and those sick should wear these masks indoors.

In a now-deleted tweet, Mayo said it informed the vice president of the policy before his arrival, the Associated Press. Pence said he is tested for the virus on a regular basis and since he did not have the virus, he “thought it’d be a good opportunity for me to be here, to be able to speak to these researchers, these incredible healthcare personnel and look them in the eye and say ‘thank you.’”

Sexton said Wallace’s over-the-top reaction is a clear attempt to play to her audience. 

“Now it’s all President Trump’s fault, which is the single most important thing that the media can focus on now, not stories about therapeutics that might save lives,” Sexton said. He said the media has been “completely disgraceful” on the topic and does not see any changes anytime soon.