When President Trump announced Wednesday that Vice President Mike Pence would oversee the government effort to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus, he said the former Indiana governor “has a certain talent for this. Look at the Indiana model, they have been very successful there,” Trump said. The White House is “using Mike because he’s very good at doing what he does,” he added.

But not everyone agrees. Trump has the worst record for picking Cabinet members; some are fired because they want to do the right thing but are hampered by an unhinged reality show president who is basically clueless on how governing works. It doesn’t work for your personal interest or to help your reelection. It’s for all Americans, not just Republicans.

Pence, who has no medical experience, will lead the response and he’ll put a gag order on any release of information on the virus outbreak. This secrecy mode is what we saw in the impeachment — no evidence, no witnesses and no accountability.

“There was an outbreak of HIV in Indiana a few years ago because Gov. Mike Pence was horrible on public health policy,” tweeted Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I. “So no, I’m not relieved that Trump has him leading the coronavirus effort.”

Pence signed legislation that cut Indiana’s budget for public health programs, despite Indiana’s high smoking rate, high obesity rate and high infant mortality rate. The state spent just $12.40 per resident on public health in Pence’s last year as governor — less than almost any other state.

While Pence was governor of Indiana, Scott County experienced the largest HIV outbreak that Indiana had seen in decades — an outbreak public health experts said was preventable. Nearly 200 people using opioids got sick after people contracted the virus by sharing dirty needles. Pence eventually lifted a ban on sterile needle exchange programs in the state at public health advocates’ urging.

Jack Burt

Inverness

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CitrusCo Citizen

Trump, himself, has just been exposed to a person who was close to another person who tested positive for Corona Virus. He is laughing it off and refuses to be tested. Run, Melania, run away fast!

DAYSTO

I guess Pence and Carson had a tight race. Carson looked like a Deer caught in the headlights. Then again, He was a babbling idiot on a drunken bender. Where do these Clowns come from? They think we believe whatever they mumble.....

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Ssabmud

Welcome to Black Monday. Virus spreading like wildfire, stock market crashed, Trump on his 'throne' tweeting and tweeting how everyone is against him. Wonder why he would think that.

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Ssabmud

It really doesn't matter who Trump puts in charge. They are only there to take the heat when everything falls apart. Everyone knows that as this hits the fan that Trump will probably say something like , "I don't really know this Pence guy, might have met him once or twice in a crowd, but don't really know him or what he thinks". This virus is going to infect Trump followers just like everyone else, all the while Trumps sits on his 'throne' tweeting and tweeting away how everyone doesn't like him. Maybe Trump does see this virus as his Jamestown, but.....he's certainly not going down with it. Your dictator has abandoned you Trump supporters.

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Bell-Man

There is an old saying" incompetence breeds more incompetence" which seems to fit here. Trump made Pence, another incompetent person vice President. Their response to the coronavirus has been deplorable and inadequate and thousands will die because Trump doesn't want to diminish his popularity and re election chances. He claims it's all a democratic hoax. I think that's about all I need to say.

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MikeBond

The Republican Party of graft, corruption, and incompetence.

CitrusCo Citizen

Well darn, I thought Pence could "pray away" the virus for us. I think it's hilarious that Trump, the extreme germaphobe, was photographed shaking hands with a Republican senator who had just been exposed to COVID-19! And Gaetz, who thought the media was overreacting and passed a bill wearing a silly gas mask, is now in quarantine?!!!? You just can't make this stuff up.

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