Herman Cain, former GOP presidential candidate, dies after battle with coronavirus

  
Via:  Trout Giggles  •  one week ago  •  66 comments

By:   Kevin Breuninger (CNBC)

Herman Cain, former GOP presidential candidate, dies after battle with coronavirus
Cain, a onetime presidential hopeful who was once considered by Trump for the Federal Reserve, is among the highest-profile public figures in the United States to have died from Covid-19.

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Less than two weeks before receiving his diagnosis, Cain had attended Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the marquee event for the president’s self-proclaimed reelection campaign kickoff.

I wonder if that will make people sit up and take notice


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Published Thu, Jul 30 202010:28 AM EDTUpdated 1 Min Ago Key Points

  • Herman Cain, a former presidential hopeful who was once considered by President Donald Trump for the Federal Reserve, has died after being hospitalized with the coronavirus. He was 74.
  • Cain's death was announced Thursday on his website by Dan Calabrese, who edits the site and had previously written about his colleague's diagnosis.
  • Cain was among the highest-profile public figures in the United States to have died from Covid-19.

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Herman Cain, a former presidential hopeful who was once considered by President Donald Trump for the Federal Reserve, has died after being hospitalized with the coronavirus. He was 74.

Cain's death was announced Thursday on his website by Dan Calabrese, who edits the site and had previously written about his colleague's diagnosis.

"Herman Cain - our boss, our friend, like a father to so many of us - has passed away," Calabrese said in the blog post. "We all prayed so hard every day. We knew the time would come when the Lord would call him home, but we really liked having him here with us, and we held out hope he'd have a full recovery."

Cain was among the highest-profile public figures in the United States to have died from Covid-19. A 74-year-old survivor of stage 4 colon cancer, Cain had been a business executive and the board chairman of a branch of Kansas City's Federal Reserve Bank before moving into Republican politics and eventually becoming a presidential candidate.

Last year, Trump briefly considered picking Cain as his nominee to join the Federal Reserve Board. Cain remained a vocal supporter of Trump's after his nomination was withdrawn, and he attended the president's controversial reelection rally in Oklahoma in June, shortly before being diagnosed with the coronavirus.

Calabrese did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for additional comment.

Cain had been hospitalized in Atlanta on July 1, two days after being told he had tested positive for Covid-19, according to a statement posted to his social media accounts at the time.

He did not require a respirator and was "awake and alert" when he checked in to the hospital, the statement said. "Please join with us in praying for Mr. Cain, and for everyone who has contracted the coronavirus - as well as their families," it said.

Cain's social media accounts occasionally provided vague updates on his condition. A message on July 5 said he was "making progress" and that "more encouraging news" was expected to come soon. Two days later, Cain's Twitter account said "doctors are trying to make sure his oxygen levels are right."

On July 10, another tweet said Cain himself described his status as "cruise control," because "the progress is slow but his breathing is getting stronger every day. Make no mistake: He is improving!"

The most recent update,

Less than two weeks before receiving his diagnosis, Cain had attended Trump's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the marquee event for the president's self-proclaimed reelection campaign kickoff.

Cain, a vocal supporter of Trump, tweeted a photograph of himself at the rally surrounded by other attendees, none of whom appeared to be wearing masks or other protective gear.

The Trump campaign said that all attendees at the event had their temperatures checked upon entry, and that masks and hand sanitizer were handed out but not required to use.

The campaign revealed before the event that six members of the team involved in the rally preparations had tested positive for the virus and had been quarantined.

The July 2 statement on Cain's hospitalization said, "There is no way of knowing for sure how or where Mr. Cain contracted the coronavirus." The Trump campaign said after Cain's diagnosis that he had not met with the president at the Tulsa rally.

Calabrese, the media director of Cain's website, repeatedly declined CNBC's requests for additional information on Cain's condition throughout his struggle with the virus.

"We're not saying anything else beyond what we've posted on social media," Calabrese said in a July 7 email. "That's Herman's and [his wife, Gloria Etchison's,] wish so I appreciate you respecting it."

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Trout Giggles
1  seeder  Trout Giggles    one week ago

I'm sorry for his family.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
2  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom    one week ago

I didn't see yours!  I'm deleting mine!

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
2.1  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @2    one week ago

okey dokey.

I posted this one in my group so I can moderate it

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
2.1.1  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Trout Giggles @2.1    one week ago
so I can moderate it

That's my clever girl (crush)!

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
2.1.2  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @2.1.1    one week ago

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evilgenius
3  evilgenius    one week ago

My condolences to his family and friends.

 
 
 
JBB
4  JBB    one week ago
 
 
 
Raven Wing
5  Raven Wing    one week ago

Like all others who walk on from this dreaded virus, my prayers go out to his family.

 
 
 
JBB
6  JBB    one week ago

Till the very end Cain spread Covid-19 disinformation!

https://www.facebook.com/235203259169/posts/10158856210699170/

 
 
 
Raven Wing
6.1  Raven Wing  replied to  JBB @6    one week ago
Up till the end Cain spread Covid-19 disinformation!

I guess now he knows the truth. 

 
 
 
devangelical
6.1.1  devangelical  replied to  Raven Wing @6.1    one week ago

bwah ha ha ha.... ya think?

 
 
 
devangelical
7  devangelical    one week ago

karma.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
8  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom    one week ago

I'm sorry for his family, as well.

But there's no way to ignore this:  

256

Here he is all happy and stuff...no mask...at Trump's Tulsa rally.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
8.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @8    one week ago
Here he is all happy and stuff...no mask...at Trump's Tulsa rally

I guess he thought it would be nice to share his own virus. After all, from the looks of it all the others at the rally were ready and will to welcome it with open arms.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
9  Vic Eldred    one week ago

Very sad news. His campaign, like so many, was taken down by media allegations. He was a nice man. When recently lampooned with his famous "nine-nine-nine" he would let out a big laugh. Anyone who can laugh at himself and not hold any resentments over the methods used to derail his campaign gets an A for character in my book.

 
 
 
devangelical
9.1  devangelical  replied to  Vic Eldred @9    one week ago

way to take one for the trump team, moron. tough shit...

[he's not calling you a moron, Vic]

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
9.1.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  devangelical @9.1    one week ago

Why was that directed to me?

 
 
 
devangelical
9.1.2  devangelical  replied to  devangelical @9.1    one week ago

...I sure as fuck would have if I knew I was going to get a ticket.

....another basic grammar failure by one of those that allegedly has the answers to most everything else.

... and another funeral for a black person POS/POTUS won't be attending.

"when's our tee time?"

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
9.1.3  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  devangelical @9.1.2    one week ago

It's not really a ticket, Dev. It doesn't count towards a vacation.

 
 
 
devangelical
9.1.4  devangelical  replied to  Vic Eldred @9.1.1    one week ago
Why was that directed to me?

if it was, you can be sure as hell I would have been a lot more descriptive...

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
10  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom    one week ago

Now that I think about it, I don't remember his health status being released to the public.  Did anyone else know about his Covid status prior to this morning?

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
10.1  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @10    one week ago

I had read that he had contracted it and it was believed he got it at the Tulsa rally. This is the first news I've heard since then

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
10.1.1  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Trout Giggles @10.1    one week ago

Lots of GOP value in keeping it a secret...

 
 
 
devangelical
10.2  devangelical  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @10    one week ago

I read it earlier this week.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
10.2.1  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  devangelical @10.2    one week ago
I read it earlier this week.

Where the hell have I been?  Oh, yeah...I think I was throwing my hissy fit.

 
 
 
devangelical
10.2.2  devangelical  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @10.2.1    one week ago

took me a full day to stop laughing after I read it...

 
 
 
lady in black
11  lady in black    one week ago

Sorry for his family's loss but he did it to himself by listening to orange conman

 
 
 
devangelical
11.1  devangelical  replied to  lady in black @11    one week ago

no doubt.

 
 
 
JBB
12  JBB    one week ago

Apparently Cain contracted Covid-19 at Trump's ridiculous Tulsa rally and has been ill for a month...

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
13  Paula Bartholomew    one week ago

The chickens came home to roost.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
14  JohnRussell    one week ago

I think in his own way Cain was a well meaning man, and I am sad to hear of his passing.  His politics were out of touch with 21st century America though, and he would have been wiped out if he ever made it to a general election. 

You also have to wonder if he took all possible precautions to prevent the virus, or if he followed the Trump protocol. 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
14.1  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  JohnRussell @14    one week ago

Take a look at Sister Mary's comment in #8. Does it look like he took all the necessary precautions?

 
 
 
JohnRussell
14.1.1  JohnRussell  replied to  Trout Giggles @14.1    one week ago

I see. 

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
14.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  JohnRussell @14    one week ago

It is hard to get a mask on when your lips are attached to Trump's ass.

 
 
 
devangelical
14.2.1  devangelical  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @14.2    one week ago

bwah ha ha ha...

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
14.2.2  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @14.2    one week ago
It is hard to get a mask on when your lips are attached to Trump's ass.

I'm going straight to hell for laughing at that, aren't I?

 
 
 
Ender
14.2.3  Ender  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @14.2.2    one week ago

Eh, I heard the music is better.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
14.2.4  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @14.2.2    one week ago

I will have drinks ready.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
14.2.5  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @14.2.2    one week ago

I'll save you a seat

 
 
 
Tessylo
14.2.6  Tessylo  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @14.2.2    one week ago

"I'm going straight to hell for laughing at that, aren't I?"

I guess I am too!  

"I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints, the sinners are much more fun . . . "

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
14.2.7  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @14.2.4    one week ago
I will have drinks ready.

Make mine a double martini with 3 big-ass olives, please.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
14.2.8  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Trout Giggles @14.2.5    one week ago
I'll save you a seat

As long as it's at the bar.  Less heat. 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
14.2.9  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @14.2.8    one week ago

I think we have to drink warm beer

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
14.2.10  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Trout Giggles @14.2.9    one week ago
I think we have to drink warm beer

Damn the bad luck.  Watch me guzzle anyway. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
14.2.11  JohnRussell  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @14.2    one week ago
It is hard to get a mask on when your lips are attached to Trump's ass.

No wonder Gohmert caught it. 

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
14.2.12  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @14.2.7    one week ago

Apple or dirty?

 
 
 
Dulay
14.3  Dulay  replied to  JohnRussell @14    one week ago

Unfortunately, as far as being 'well meaning', Cain's anti-union lobbying brings him up short. 

 
 
 
MUVA
14.3.1  MUVA  replied to  Dulay @14.3    one week ago

That’s why I loved the man fuck unions and their supporters.

 
 
 
Dulay
14.3.2  Dulay  replied to  MUVA @14.3.1    one week ago
That’s why I loved the man fuck unions and their supporters.

The vast majority of LEOs and Firemen belong to unions.

 
 
 
devangelical
14.3.3  devangelical  replied to  Dulay @14.3.2    one week ago

meh, he probably read it as onions...

 
 
 
Ender
15  Ender    one week ago

RIP

Sorry but after having cancer and chemotherapy, which he did recover, he had underlying conditions that would make it harder for him to recover from the virus. Plus his age.

He should have taken more precautions. Even fox news is reporting he was at the rally without a mask. Kind of insinuating that could be where he contracted it.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
15.1  JohnRussell  replied to  Ender @15    one week ago

If he was in a high risk group he should have stayed home instead of going to a political rally. 

 
 
 
Tacos!
16  Tacos!    one week ago

Well, it's a shame, but maybe if more famous people get it, it will galvanize regular Americans to take stronger action to protect themselves.

Now briefly, in Cain's defense, we don't know how he got it. We can speculate, but we don't know. Maybe it was something totally out of his control. Still, I look around and I see so many people who apparently believe it can't happen to them and it's frustrating.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
16.1  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  Tacos! @16    one week ago
Well, it's a shame, but maybe if more famous people get it, it will galvanize regular Americans to take stronger action to protect themselves.

Thank-you

 
 
 
JohnRussell
16.2  JohnRussell  replied to  Tacos! @16    one week ago

He went to a mass gathering (even if it did fall well short of expectations) and didnt wear a mask. That was certainly within his control. 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
16.2.1  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  JohnRussell @16.2    one week ago

It is possible that he didn't get it from the Tulsa rally. But it's my understanding that the number of cases went up in Tulsa after that rally

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
16.2.2  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Trout Giggles @16.2.1    one week ago
It is possible that he didn't get it from the Tulsa rally.

True.  But the rally was on June 20th.  He tested positive on June 29th.  He's been in the hospital for a month.  

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
16.2.3  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @16.2.2    one week ago

I think he got it from the rally, but that's just an opinion.

 
 
 
Tacos!
16.2.4  Tacos!  replied to  JohnRussell @16.2    one week ago

And I agree that was a foolish risk. Certainly one I wouldn't take. Still we don't know that's how he got it.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
17  Paula Bartholomew    one week ago

Is Cain the ahole who had a picture of him in an oil painting with a black Jesus?

 
 
 
devangelical
17.1  devangelical  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @17    one week ago

I think that was the idiot cabinet member ben carson. herman had a gospel album, and a string of mistresses.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
17.1.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  devangelical @17.1    one week ago

Ah yes.  Thank you.

 
 
 
Kavika
18  Kavika     one week ago

74 years old and had beaten cancer. I can't imagine what he was thinking going without a mask. He asked for it and he got it.

 
 
 
devangelical
18.1  devangelical  replied to  Kavika @18    one week ago

he willingly climbed up on that cross for his false idol...

 
 
 
Gsquared
19  Gsquared    one week ago

I wonder if Cain signed the waiver before attending the Trump rally forbidding him from suing Trump and Trump's campaign if he contracted Covid-19 there?   The Trump waiver is very likely unenforceable as against public policy.  Even if Cain did sign, and it was enforceable as to Cain himself, I doubt that it would apply to Cain's heirs, and they could possibly sue Trump and the campaign for wrongful death.  That would be interesting.

 
 
 
devangelical
19.1  devangelical  replied to  Gsquared @19    one week ago

if not, his heirs should press the issue for a large quiet settlement.

 
 
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