While tributes to Herman Cain poured in on Thursday, others used the moment to attack President Donald Trump, conservatives or both, and seemingly to appear as if they were gloating over Cain’s death.
Herman Cain, the former Republican presidential candidate and affable business magnate, died after being hospitalized for coronavirus. He was the co-chairman of Black Voices for Trump and attended the president’s rally in Tulsa without a mask on June 20, prompting critics of the president to quickly politicize his death, Fox News reported.
CNN’s Ana Navarro-Cardenas said, “Covid doesn’t care about partisanship.”
She wrote on Twitter Thursday: “Herman Caín thought Covid was a hoax, scoffed at wearing a mask. Died of Covid. Bill Montgomery, co-founder of pro-Trump, Turning Point USA, scoffed at virus. Died of Covid. Rep. Gohmert refused to wear a mask. Has Covid.”
“See a pattern? Covid doesn’t care about partisanship,” Navarro added.
Candace Owens, founder of BLEXIT, fired back at Navarro on Twitter, writing: “You have to reach a never-before-seen gutter of soulless b*tch, to openly gloat about elderly men dying. Congratulations, @ananavarro—on the politically expedient death of senior citizens.” Continued Below
Candace Owen’s official tweet:
You have to reach a never-before-seen gutter of soulless bitch, to openly gloat about elderly men dying.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) July 30, 2020
Meanwhile, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski tweeted: “Just the facts – Herman Cain went to the @realDonaldTrump TULSA SUPERSPREADER rally -no mask. The campaign squashed people close so the crowd would look bigger. They cheered for their President for hours. Cain tested positive for COVID nine days later. Now Herman Cain is dead.”
Just the facts – Herman Cain went to the @realDonaldTrump TULSA SUPERSPREADER rally -no mask. The campaign squashed people close so the crowd would look bigger. They cheered for their President for hours. Cain tested positive for COVID nine days later. Now Herman Cain is dead.
— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) July 30, 2020
Reuters wrote that Cain “refused to wear a mask”:
Herman Cain grew up poor in Atlanta, was a rocket scientist for the Dept. of the Navy, had a storied business career, chaired a Federal Reserve bank, was the first black Republican to lead a presidential primary, and beat Stage IV cancer.
None of that mattered to Reuters https://t.co/rkKnI9xOmA
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) July 30, 2020
The Daily Mail pushed out an alert on their mobile app, emphasizing that Herman Cain went to the Tulsa rally “WITHOUT” a mask:
Political activist and Stand Up Republic executive director Evan McMullin used the news to refer to Trump rallygoers as a “science denial Trump cult”:
Daily Beast columnist Max Burns declared that Herman Cain caught an “especially nasty case of the hoax.”
A Twitter activist with over 500,000 followers even accused President Trump of manslaughter.
I'm old enough to remember trump had the "social distancing" stickers removed from the seats at the same Tulsa rally where Herman Cain caught COVID-19.
Seems like manslaughter to me. pic.twitter.com/8A5t7GgUsK
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) July 30, 2020
Independent editor Kaili Joy Gray and actress Mia Farrow both bluntly stated that President Trump “killed” Cain.
— Kaili Joy Gray (@KailiJoy) July 30, 2020
Trump killed Cain – and who knows how many others who attended that Tulsa rally
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) July 30, 2020
Meanwhile, other pundits reminded followers that Herman Cain attended President Trump’s Tulsa rally.
Herman Cain has died, weeks after attending Donald Trump’s Tulsa rally, not wearing a mask. Condolences to his family. https://t.co/LvmEf2pWH3
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) July 30, 2020
horrible news. former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, who attended Trump’s Tulsa rally and later announced he had Covid-19, has died. RIP https://t.co/mX7MzHaMRv
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) July 30, 2020
Herman Cain died today after a long fight with coronavirus.
Below is a photo of Cain in a crowd of people without a mask at Trump's Oklahoma rally last month. pic.twitter.com/5mDe9mznID
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) July 30, 2020
My goodness. Herman Cain has died of COVID, sacrificed at the altar of @realDonaldTrump's maskless Tulsa rally. There's no way to spin this.
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) July 30, 2020
Herman Cain's death is TRAGIC but it was PREVENTABLE.
This man did not have to die.
He should have worn a mask, in Tulsa & everywhere.
— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) July 30, 2020
Re-upping this photo of Gov Stitt sitting within two feet of Herman Cain—both without masks—at Trump's Tulsa rally.
Both Stitt and Cain tested positive for coronavirus after the rally. Now one of them is dead.
— Kendall Brown (@kendallybrown) July 30, 2020