Pence Hammered Online After Disastrous TV Interviews

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The Coronavirus has infected around 1,300 people and counting in the United States, and it’s killed dozens of people across the country — but this Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence didn’t even have an idea of the supposed actual number of tests for the virus that have been conducted in the U.S. Pence was named as the leader for the White House Coronavirus response — and weeks after the illness first emerged in the U.S., he didn’t even have that basic information. It’s hardly the only recent potentially dangerous gaffe, and Twitter users observing the situation quickly poured on the criticism after a slew of morning appearances from Pence on television.

Besides his struggles to account for basic aspects of the testing situation as-is, Pence also attempted some clean-up after President Donald Trump bungled his announcement of a partial travel ban affecting Europe. In his initial remarks, Trump failed to clarify the exact date it goes into effect, the fact that American citizens won’t be affected, and that cargo shipments will be exempt from the ban. None of those points are particularly low-key or irrelevant! Pence attempted to simply ignore the “confusion” that Trump wrought — beyond belief, he insisted to one CNN host that there wasn’t any confusion at all.

In short — his fealty was cracking under pressure. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) insisted:

‘Dear @VP : In this crisis, good policy is measured by whether it is clear & effective, not “historic.” Your former Homeland Security Advisor said EU ban, which is riddled with holes, is of little use. THE VIRUS IS ALREADY HERE & CAN SPREAD EXPONENTIALLY. What we need is testing.’

Pence claimed that data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documenting the number of Coronavirus tests conducted was incorrect, yet he provided no apparent further clarification about the actual figure. His failures come as the crisis continues to compound — this Thursday morning, for the second time in a week, stock markets fell so sharply that the New York Stock Exchange paused trading altogether for 15 minutes.

Check out Twitter’s response below:

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