For people who are neither leftists nor caught in the grip of Trump Derangement Syndrome, Vice President Mike Pence is an intelligent, principled, competent man. When President Trump announced on Wednesday that he was putting Pence in charge of coordinating the federal government’s response to the coronavirus, it seemed like an eminently sensible decision. For Democrats, though, Pence is the man who caused an HIV outbreak in Indiana. This is a lie.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a woman so desperate to drive Trump from the White House that she seemed unconcerned that Mike Pence would become president, summed up the Democrats’ concerns by tweeting that Pence does not “believe” in science.
Pence probably doesn’t believe in fairies, either, but his history proves that he is receptive to the scientific process and to scientific data. So why does Ocasio-Cortez make this silly statement? The giveaway is her claim that Pence’s “past decisions” have already “cost people their lives.” She’s referring to events in Indiana in 2015.
Here’s the story the New York Times told more than a year and a half after the events occurred: beginning in November 2014, five HIV drug–users in Scott County, Indiana, tested positive for HIV. […]
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