The Mayo Clinic issued guidance on April 13 advising all visitors to wear face masks to help stop the spread of COVID-19; the esteemed medical facility also offered to provide masks to any visitors without them. But on Tuesday's visit, Pence appeared to be the only person not wearing a mask there. After the resulting outcry, the Mayo Clinic tweeted that staff had informed Pence of the mask policy. The tweet was quickly deleted, but clinic officials confirmed in an email to media that they informed the vice president's staff about face masks before his arrival.
So now either the Mayo Clinic or the second lady is lying. On Thursday, Karen Pence not only told a Fox News talking head that her husband had no idea about the Mayo Clinic's mask policy, she suggested she knew more than hospital officials about the risks of not wearing personal protective equipment.
"As our medical experts have told us, wearing a mask prevents you from spreading disease. And knowing he doesn't have COVID-19, he didn't wear one," she said on Fox & Friends. "It was actually after he left Mayo Clinic that he found out they had a policy of asking everyone to wear a mask. So someone who's worked on this whole task force for over two months is not someone who would have done anything to offend anyone or hurt anyone or scare anyone."
\u201cKaren Pence on Mike not wearing a mask at Mayo Clinic: "Wearing a mask prevents you from spreading the disease, & knowing that he doesn't have Covid-19, he didn't wear one. It was actually after he left Mayo that he found out they had a policy of asking everyone to wear a mask."\u201d
Karen Pence's calmly worded response failed to placate many, at least on social media.
\u201c@atrupar He knew their policy of wearing a mask @KarenPence. Lying is a sin.\n\nIt was reckless & irresponsible of him to not wear a mask. He doesn\u2019t know he isn\u2019t infected. A negative test doesn\u2019t provide protection from catching the virus & spreading it until you get another test. \ud83d\udd95\ud83c\udffc\u201d
\u201c@atrupar Mike and Karen Pence's compulsive lying is different from Trump, who basically communicates by telling falsehoods. \nThe difference is, the Pences know that it isn't good to bear false witness, yet they do it anyway and without hesitation.\u201d