GOP Senator Thom Tillis: We Should Lead by Example, Follow Guidelines

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, Donald Trump was quick to assemble a pandemic response team. At the head of that team, he appointed Mike Pence. The move was widely criticized by those who thought that a Doctor should be leading the country’s efforts.

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Pence again courted controversy on Tuesday afternoon when he took a tour of the Mayo Clinic while not wearing a facemask. While it is unclear whether he was referring to the Vice President, North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis said Tuesday that lawmakers should be following guidelines and leading by example.

Pence attempted to explain his actions on Wednesday, saying, “As vice president of the United States, I’m tested for the coronavirus on a regular basis, and everyone who is around me is tested for the coronavirus. And since I don’t have the coronavirus, I thought it’d be a good opportunity for me to be here, to be able to speak to these researchers, these incredible health care personnel and look them in the eye and say thank you.”

Tillis seemed to be speaking out against this attitude during a Tuesday interview. “I’m trying to lead by example, do what I’m asking others to do. And I think that’s what every, every elected official must do,” said the North Carolina senator. “The last thing I want to do is see an elected official who is responsible for imposing a stay-at-home order, or a wear-a-facial-mask order, out in public and not with a mask on.”

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