Ben Carson Tests Positive for COVID19
The White House Outbreak that was originally traced to the Rose Garden event to celebrate the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court continues to run rampant. Chief of Staff Mark Meadows was until recently the last known staffer to have contracted the virus, just days after announcing to the world that the White House was no longer working to control its spread. And despite the death of Herman Cain, the Trump Administration continued to downplay the virus and its effects, holding superspreader events and rallies in the weeks and days leading up to the election, including a maskless gathering at the White House on Election Night to watch the results.
What was supposed to be a celebratory evening quickly turned sour for those who had assembled around Donald Trump, but now the results are seemingly even worse now that Ben Carson, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, has tested positive for the Coronavirus just days later.
The election night party featured little social distancing and almost no masks, with Meadows in attendance as well as a number of undisclosed White House staff who had previous tested positive. The event has invited sharp scrutiny, particularly given the White House’s refusal to disclose who has been infected and may now end up being classified as another Trump superspreader event.
Many White House and campaign officials, as well as others who attended the election night party, were not informed about the diagnoses and only found out when they were reported in the media. So far, excluding Carson, six White House aides and a Trump campaign staffer have tested positive for the virus since the days before and after the election night party.
Ben Carson, who has tested positive for COVID, attended the WH election night watch party along with a number of Trump cabinet and WH officials.
I talked to several aides last Tuesday who were worried the event would become a super spreader and felt pressured to go to save face.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) November 9, 2020