Second lady Karen Pence broke safety rules by not wearing a face mask when she joined her husband on stage after the vice presidential debate

Vice President Mike Pence is joined on stage by his wife Karen Pence after the conclusion of the 2020 vice presidential campaign debate held on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S., October 7, 2020.

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Second lady Karen Pence didn’t wear a face mask when she joined her husband, Vice President Mike Pence, on stage after Wednesday night’s debate, violating safety rules established by the Commission on Presidential Debates.

Everyone in the debate venue — aside from the vice president, Democratic nominee Sen. Kamala Harris, and debate moderator Susan Page — was required to wear a face mask at all times on Wednesday night. The Commission implemented stricter safety rules, including requiring all attendees to undergo coronavirus testing and erecting plexiglass barriers between the candidates on stage, amid a COVID-19 outbreak at the White House. 

By contrast, Harris’ husband, Douglas Emhoff, wore a mask when he joined Harris on stage to wave to the crowd. 

Trump’s debate guests, mostly family members, refused to wear masks during last week’s indoor, 90-minute presidential debate, provoking uproar. Days later, the president, First Lady Melania Trump, and more than a dozen White House aides were diagnosed with COVID-19. 

“The first family came in wearing masks, but they took them off. The rules said you had to wear a mask,” Frank Fahrenkopf, head of the Commission, told The Washington Post last week. “Everyone in that hall was supposed to keep the mask on, other than the president, Biden and Chris Wallace.”

A Cleveland Clinic doctor offered Trump’s guests masks, but they “waved them away,” debate moderator Chris Wallace said. 

LAST NIGHT: Second Lady Karen Pence joins VP Mike Pence on stage without a mask after #VPDebate.

— The Hill (@thehill) October 8, 2020

Karen Pence isn’t wearing a mask

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 8, 2020


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