Mike Pence is now saying he doesn’t want a plexiglass divider on stage during Wednesday’s debate with Kamala Harris, despite it being already agreed on. The Washington Post reported the Vice President had gone back on the agreement over the divider and Twitter has some thoughts.
The Commission on Presidential Debates said both campaigns agreed on the plexiglass barriers to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The Biden campaign said Tuesday it also understood that the Pence team had agreed to the Plexiglas dividers, the Post reported.
The Pence campaign said earlier in the week, however, they believed the dividers were unnecessary, the Post reports. The candidates will sit 12 feet apart during the debate, and doctors will test them for coronavirus beforehand.
The White House is currently undergoing a COVID-19 outbreak. Moreover, President Donald Trump checked into Walter Reed hospital on Friday for coronavirus treatment. He returned home Monday. First Lady Melania Trump also has tested positive for the virus. Though doctors were treating her at the White House.
Several other top Republican officials and White House staffers have also contracted COVID-19, CNBC reported. In addition to the Trumps, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and her deputies Chad Gilmartin and Karoline Leavitt, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, advisors Hope Hicks and Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s body man Nick Luna, Chris Christie, and Sens. Mike Lee, Thom Tillis, and Ron Johnson have all tested positive, CNN said.
Vice President Mike Pence has never tested positive for COVID-19. Former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris have also tested negative, it’s been reported.
Twitter sounds off on news about removing the divider
Twitter wasn’t happy about the news.
Eric Feigl-Ding, a Harvard educated epidemiologist, seemed apoplectic. Tweeting repeatedly about airborne dispersal and transmission of COVID-19.
He wondered in his final tweet on the matter if this was because Pence wanted out of the debate.
This theory had a lot of support.
Others wanted Harris to back out of the debate, citing a concern for her health without the divider.
Senate hopeful Jaime Harrison brought his own plexiglass divider when he debated Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., over the weekend, the New York Times reported.