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Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain dies after battle with coronavirus

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  1. [7]
    dubteedub
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    Herman Cain's last public event was the Trump rally in Tulsa. Just ahead of the rally he tweeted that they were not going to enforce a mask mandate and that "People have had enough!" He then was...

    Herman Cain's last public event was the Trump rally in Tulsa. Just ahead of the rally he tweeted that they were not going to enforce a mask mandate and that "People have had enough!" He then was COVID-19 positive a week later, hospitalized at the beginning of July, and now he is dead.

    The GOP is a death cult.

    27 votes
    1. [3]
      reese
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      For those who might not know (from Wikipedia): I presume he was immunocompromised for obvious reasons. When he contracted COVID-19, it didn't help that he was 74 years old. Being an adamant...

      For those who might not know (from Wikipedia):

      In 2006, Cain was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer in his colon and metastases to his liver and given a 30 percent chance of survival. Cain underwent surgery and chemotherapy following the diagnosis, and the cancer was subsequently reported to be in remission.

      I presume he was immunocompromised for obvious reasons. When he contracted COVID-19, it didn't help that he was 74 years old.

      Being an adamant anti-masker runs contrary to Cain's personal, leadership and professional experience. He was well-educated. He held a BSc in mathematics from Morehouse College and a MSc in CS from Purdue. He grew up poor and no doubt faced racial adversity throughout his life, yet achieved serious leadership roles. In other words, he's been very conventionally successful.

      Now I'm not a fan of Cain's views or decisions (alleged or otherwise), but his death is so disheartening. I really do feel bad for his family and friends. Cain may well have had many years left in him—had he taken the pandemic seriously. If ultimately it was his politics and ideology that killed him, I agree "death cult" is an apt term.

      19 votes
      1. knocklessmonster
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        He matches a pattern, though: People who should have all the mental tools who fall for this stuff. It's part ideology, part being too deep, part politics (in this pandemic, especially), and part...

        Being an adamant anti-masker runs contrary to Cain's personal, leadership and professional experience.

        He matches a pattern, though: People who should have all the mental tools who fall for this stuff. It's part ideology, part being too deep, part politics (in this pandemic, especially), and part not thinking they can fall for a conspiracy. The last one is typically a big primer for actually falling for them.

        11 votes
      2. alphamule
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        I had no idea he had a masters in CS. Surprised this didn't come up at all during his candidacy as far as I can remember.

        I had no idea he had a masters in CS. Surprised this didn't come up at all during his candidacy as far as I can remember.

        1 vote
    2. [3]
      boltsky
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      The tweet appears to have been deleted. Archive

      The tweet appears to have been deleted. Archive

      14 votes
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          boltsky
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          Seems so, at least according to this tweet.

          Seems so, at least according to this tweet.

          8 votes
          1. dubteedub
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            Herman Cain's account has tons of COVID-19 misinfo tweets / anti-mask tweets, and other similar rhetoric that is still up on his account. Just yesterday they tweeted this:...

            Herman Cain's account has tons of COVID-19 misinfo tweets / anti-mask tweets, and other similar rhetoric that is still up on his account.

            Just yesterday they tweeted this:

            Our government, and our media, have incinerated their credibility. So, is it any wonder that people are skeptical? #Coronavirus CBS poll: 70 percent of Americans will either wait before getting COVID vaccine or refuse it all together

            https://twitter.com/THEHermanCain/status/1288521930782330883

            9 votes
  2. culturedleftfoot
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    Will Herman Cain’s Death Change Republican Views on the Virus and Masks? Spoiler

    Will Herman Cain’s Death Change Republican Views on the Virus and Masks?

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    Evan McMullin, who ran against Mr. Trump as a third-party candidate in 2016, wrote on Twitter that Mr. Cain was “the first senior casualty of the science denial Trump cult.”

    In an interview, Mr. McMullin said he had little hope this was a wake-up call. “I wish that was the case,” he said. “Many voters who support the president live in a totally different, alternate information environment in which the news of Herman Cain’s death — his visit to the Trump rally, his decision to not wear a mask — won’t reach them.”

    7 votes
  3. Kuromantis
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    Also happened to turning point USA co-founder Bill Montgomery.

    Also happened to turning point USA co-founder Bill Montgomery.

    2 votes