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Trump Finally Tweets About the Passing of Herman Cain and People are FURIOUS About What He DIDN’T Write

Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has died from coronavirus, according to a post on his website. The businessman and right-wing media personality was 74 years old.

“Herman Cain – our boss, our friend, like a father to so many of us – has passed away,” Dan Calabrese, the editor for Cain’s website, wrote in a post on Thursday morning.

Cain was hospitalized with COVID-19 on June 29. Calabrese wrote that Cain knew “that this was going to be a rough fight” when he was first hospitalized, particularly since he had already survived a cancer diagnosis and was in a vulnerable demographic because of his age and health.

“We all prayed that the initial meds they gave him would get his breathing back to normal, but it became clear pretty quickly that he was in for a battle,” Calabrese wrote, adding that “we also felt real concern about the fact that he never quite seemed to get to the point where the doctors could advance him to the recovery phase.”

This afternoon Donald Trump finally tweeted about the passing of Cain, but oddly left the COVID-19 part out:

Cain attended Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 20. Cain posted a photo of himself and other rally attendees, none of whom were wearing masks. Although masks were provided to attendees at the rally, wearing them was not mandatory.

Trump campaign officials said that Cain sat with members of the president’s “Black Voices for Trump” advisory board, as seen in the photo he posted to Twitter, but he did not come into direct contact with Trump. The statement posted to Cain’s Twitter account upon his hospitalization said that “there is no way of knowing for sure how or where Cain contracted the coronavirus.” Calabrese also wrote in a column in early July that Cain had also traveled to Arizona, which is dealing with a serious outbreak, in the days after the rally.

People on Twitter were rather shocked by Trump’s response:

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