Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday “not a day has gone by that I haven’t thought personally about families that have lost loved ones” to COVID-19.
Critics weren’t buying it.
“I want to assure each of you that you will always be in our hearts and you will remain in our prayers,” Pence, who leads the White House coronavirus task force, told reporters during a briefing.
The Republican National Committee shared a clip of Pence’s comments online:
Critics were incensed. They recalled President Donald Trump’s catastrophic mishandling of the pandemic that has allowed the virus to rampage nationwide while sending false messages about measures to curb its spread.
The contagion has killed more than 250,000 Americans and is predicted to cause hundreds of thousands of more deaths by the end of the year.
“Pants on fire,” one person hit back at Pence on Twitter.
Added another: “Damn shame Pence hasn’t done one iota about the pandemic…”