Trump aide who criticised face masks is in hospital with coronavirus

A leading Donald Trump supporter who tweeted that people were ‘fed up’ with being told to wear face masks has been hospitalized with coronavirus.

Herman Cain, a co-chair of the Black Voices for Trump group, was hospitalized in Atlanta on Wednesday. A spokesman for Cain – who attended President Trump’s controversial rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 20 – said the stage four cancer survivor is awake, alert and has not been placed on a ventilator.

That statement, posted on Cain’s Twitter feed, said that the 2012 presidential candidate was taken to hospital ‘after he had development symptoms serious enough that he required hospitalization.’ It added: ‘Mr Cain did not require a respirator, and he is awake and alert.’

Cain sent a tweet on July 1, two days after testing positive for coronavirus, about Trump’s upcoming July 4 celebration at Mount Rushmore. He wrote: ‘Masks will not be mandatory for the event, which will be attended by President Trump.

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‘PEOPLE ARE FED UP!’ That tweet remains on Cain’s Twitter feed.

Dan Calabrese, who edits Cain’s website, said it was unclear whether the politician turned media commentator picked up Covid-19 at Trump’s Tulsa rally.

He said: ‘We honestly have no idea where he contracted it. I realize people will speculate about the Tulsa rally, but Herman did a lot of traveling the past week, including to Arizona where cases are spiking.

‘ I don’t think there’s any way to trace this to the one specific contact that caused him to be infected. We’ll never know.’

Trump has sparked criticism for refusing to wear a mask in public, even as the US recorded its single-highest number of cases in 24 hours on Wednesday, when more than 52,000 people tested positive for Covid-19.

States including Florida, Texas and Arizona have seen a huge surge in the number of cases, prompting their governors to pause or reverse reopening efforts.

Coronavirus has so far infected close to 2.7million Americans, and killed 130,000.

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