He felt it was his duty

More on Pence’s insulting and potentially murderous refusal to wear the mandatory face mask on his publicity stop at the Mayo Clinic:

Vice President Pence responded to criticisms that he defied Mayo Clinic policy by not wearing a mask during his visit Tuesday to the campus, saying he complied with federal guidelines and felt it was his duty to speak to workers at the facility unencumbered by a facial covering.

He said he complied with federal guidelines – but if you’re entering a medical institution which mandates a face mask, you put on the fucking face mask, you don’t say “Wull I’m following the federal rules so you and your staff and your patients just have to suck it up. Literally.”

And how can it be his “duty” to speak to workers at the Mayo Clinic, who are all wearing masks, without a mask, which will put them at risk from him while he is less at risk from them because they are all wearing the masks? What kind of “duty” is that? If he wanted to speak to the workers at the Mayo Clinic his very first duty was to do as he was told, and to wear a mask.

“And since I don’t have the coronavirus, I thought it’d be a good opportunity for me to be here, to be able to speak to these researchers, these incredible health care personnel, and look them in the eye and say ‘thank you.’ ”

But, not to belabor the obvious, he could look them in the eye while wearing a mask. The mask covers the mouth and nose, not the eyes. He wanted them to look him in the mouth, even though he knew that they were more keen to avoid contagion from his mouth and nose than they were to look him in the mouth.

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