Is there blame here? You be the judge.
Vice President Mike Pence visited the Mayo Clinic on April 28; he was not wearing a mask despite Mayo Clinic rules and despite administration guidelines. He was the only person in the room without a mask. While he subsequently said, he “should have worn a mask,” the impact of his irresponsibility had already been registered with a certain segment of the American public.
Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump toured a Honeywell Aerospace facility in Arizona which is now manufacturing N95 masks. Trump was not wearing a mask! Nor was anyone else in his entourage or any of the company executives leading the tour. This, despite factory rules that required everyone in the factory to wear masks. In fact, in the area where Trump spoke, a large video monitor listed safety guidelines, one of which said, “Please wear your mask at all times.” Apparently, in order not to look as foolish as Pence did at Mayo where he was the only person sans-mask, Trump required that no one around him wear a mask.
In between these two examples of televised presidential and vice presidential disregard of public safety and regulations, this happened (from CNN):
“A 43-year-old guard was shot in the head after telling a customer at a Family Dollar store to wear a face mask – which the state had mandated for all retail employees and customers, police say.”
Oh, did I mentions the state? Michigan! You know the same Michigan where 100’s of demonstrators, fully armed with assault weapons and long guns, stormed the Capitol building in Lansing. You know, open carry Michigan.
CNN concluded their story this way, “In a statement, Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said Munerlyn was ‘simply doing his job’ to uphold the governor’s orders.”
So, while the President and the Vice President don’t wear masks at very publicized events, a retail security guard, enforcing a duly enacted state order that requires masks in retail stores, “just doing his job,” is murdered enforcing that order. Do you see any connection here?
As I write this, the U.S. death toll stands at 72,024. I’m sure this man, Calvin Munerlyn, this security guard just doing his job, is not counted in that total. To me, he should be. To me, Calvin Munerlyn should be counted as coronavirus death number 72,025. And Calvin Munerlyn’s death, the death of number 72,025, should always and forever be attributed to not only Covid-19, but also directly to DONALD TRUMP AND MIKE PENCE
Rest in peace, Mr. Munerlyn. You, and your family did not deserve this.