The press secretary of President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign assured CNN’s Alisyn Camerota that Vice President Mike Pence wasn’t in danger from the coronavirus at an upcoming rally — but that’s not what he was asked.
The CNN anchor asked Hogan Gidley whether the campaign was concerned about the pandemic’s spread at multiple rallies held by the president and vice president in Wisconsin, which is setting daily records for new cases.
“Hospitals in Wisconsin are near capacity,” Camerota said. “Does that give you any pause about going there and holding a big rally?”
Gidley, who previously served as the deputy White House press secretary, said it did not.
“No, it doesn’t,” Gidley said. “The vice president has the best doctors in the world around him. They’ve obviously contract traced and have come to the conclusion that it’s fine for him to be out on the campaign trail. The American people have the right under the First Amendment to peaceably assemble, too. The fact is, we’re seeing some good news about coronavirus.”
Social media users were shocked by the lack of concern for the thousands who might pack into those rallies, which have not typically displayed much social distancing or mask wearing.
It doesn’t even OCCUR to Gidley that she’s referring to putting the residents at risk. JHC
— Laura Winig (@lwinig) October 28, 2020
#Pence has good doctors, so screw everyone else.
CNN: “Hospitals in WI are near capacity. Does that give you any pause about going there and holding a big rally?”
Trump Press Sec. Hogan Gidley: “No, it doesn’t … the VP has the best doctors in the world around him.”
— Steve Provizer (@improviz) October 28, 2020
The question wasn’t about the Vice President’s health.
— Masket or Casket ⚰️ (@smotus) October 28, 2020
The casual, unthinking cruelty is horrifying. https://t.co/qgM1aMljNu
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) October 28, 2020
In other words, we don’t care.
— Midwin Charles (@MidwinCharles) October 28, 2020
Trump Campaign Press Sec. Hogan Gidley: “The Vice President has the best doctors in the world around him.”
The average American attending his rallies does not. https://t.co/HQBHhLtFpd
— Justin Gomez (@JustinGomezABC) October 28, 2020
Hogan Gidley: screw the public, Pence will be fine. https://t.co/FYOWztBEYK
— Ann Voted Early ☮️ (@afavon440) October 28, 2020
“No, it doesn’t … the VP has the best doctors in the world around him.”
I feel like there’s a message in there for everyone who is not the VP.
— suki sven (@ahappything) October 28, 2020
This says it all. Hogan Gidley, like ALL Trump sycophants, doesn’t give a crap about the little guy. Only the Trumpster elite.
— The Honorable Miss Norma Jeane & (@rosanthony3) October 28, 2020
It doesn’t even occur to all-around tool Hogan Gidley that he’s being asked about the welfare of people who live in Wisconsin, not about Mike’s Pence’s health. https://t.co/7PwVSUnhIi
— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) October 28, 2020
Actual psychopathy right there — doesn’t occur to him that the rally attendees even exist as real people with value as more than props.
— Felina (@FelinaBlanc) October 28, 2020
This is a phenomenon known as ‘cult focus’.
The followers are irrelevant except for indoctrination, discipline, bilking, and retention.https://t.co/eqYfvEcaXe
— Monty Hamilton’s Battery Boa (@MontyBoa99) October 28, 2020
Tone deaf. He doesn’t even see that the question had nothing to do with Pence. WOW
— Tales from the Midwest (@TalesMidwest) October 28, 2020
I hate Hogan Gidley with the heat of a thousand Kayleigh McEnanys.
— harleyb (@harleyb11) October 28, 2020
The dude would make psychopaths jealous
— Exploding Tree Singh, MD (@LabyrinthWeaver) October 28, 2020
Majority of Americans don’t have the best doctors in the world on speed dial, let alone traveling with them or available within minutes by helicopter.
Majority of Americans don’t have $600 in emergency savings, let alone thousands needed for ER visit let alone covid19 stay.
— lawhawk #maskingforafriend (@lawhawk) October 28, 2020
OMG. To Gidley: Yeah, great, We’re Not worried about HIM… How about the people you all are supposed to serve?
— gargirl Black Lives Matter (@HeatherMcGuirk1) October 28, 2020
Perfectly encapsulates the malevolence of modern conservatism. Not even capable of recognizing the risk to rally goers and staff.
— The Arm (@thearmtpks) October 28, 2020
This about sums up this Administration’s empathy and concern for millions of Americans who don’t have the “best doctors in the world” around them.
— Irwin F. Fletch ☠️ (@DavidKubick) October 28, 2020
Hogan Gidley has all the sensitivity you expect from a man named Hogan Gidley https://t.co/BZYEyrkPvl
— Hermagoras (@Hermagoras) October 28, 2020
Also, Hogan Gidley of course his name is Hogan Gidley. https://t.co/oOtTaBVH5g
— Booger McFar-Left (@PazzyJ) October 28, 2020
‘ Hogan Gidley ‘ sounds like a shitty cartoon character that gets canceled after 1 season.
— the edster (@edflunker3) October 28, 2020
They tell their supporters they don’t care about them in so many ways.
It doesn’t matter, because those supporters would rather die than live in a world where they were wrong and liberals were right.
Some of them would rather burn the world to the ground than that.
— josh T. (@dshwa76) October 28, 2020
The people in the crowd don’t matter once Trump is done with them.
Hogan Gidley is in so far over his head… https://t.co/FfGz6clEZ7
— PaJim (@BoosPop) October 28, 2020