Reuters chose to announce his death with this negative tweet: Herman Cain, ex-presidential candidate who refused to wear mask, dies after COVID-19 diagnosis (Twitter). CNN’s Chris Cuomo gleefully got in on the action, saying of a Trump rally “Mr. Cain was at his rally among the maskless masses right before he was diagnosed. Now, maybe he didn’t get it there. Sure as hell didn’t help” (Fox News). From Dan Crenshaw: This is so gross. Condolences for the death of a human being don’t need to come with caveats (Twitter). From Kellyanne Conway: Herman Cain led a remarkable life and will be missed. He loved his family, the country and the Lord. He triumphed in business, beat cancer and was a voice for freedom. God bless you and yours, Herman (Twitter). From the beginning of a long tweet string from his former communications director: I’m very saddened to learn of the passing of my former boss, Herman Cain. I’m bracing for the cruelty online about how he deserved to get COVID and die because of his politics. We’re living in a dark time. But, they didn’t know him. I did (Twitter).
‘Abjectly disgusting’: Conservatives blast Ana Navarro over tweet citing Herman Cain’s death
By Washington Examiner, July 30, 2020
Former Republican political operative and cable news analyst Ana Navarro-Cardenas found herself on the receiving end of conservative backlash after she tweeted about the death of Herman Cain and other conservatives who have contracted the coronavirus.
“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,” Navarro-Cardenas tweeted less than an hour after Cain’s death was reported. “See a pattern? Covid doesn’t care about partisanship.”
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.
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) July 30, 2020
Cain, 74, died Thursday, according to his website. He was admitted to the hospital on July 1 after contracting the coronavirus.
Several conservatives blasted Navarro-Cardenas’s tweet, calling it insensitive and inappropriately political.
This reminds me of how members of the Religious Right argued the gay rights movement was inherently dangerous because so many of its leaders died from AIDS. https://t.co/NenCcnSOol
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) July 30, 2020
“Siri, what does an awful person say when someone dies?” https://t.co/SzuEyi6VEt
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) July 30, 2020
This is abjectly disgusting. Not in a partisan way. In a basic human decency way. https://t.co/KftxzLbZ7h
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) July 30, 2020
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