This Veep Ain’t Deep

From CNBC:

  • Vice President Mike Pence got roasted after being caught by a live microphone jokingly offering to carry empty boxes into a nursing home treating coronavirus cases.

  • “Well, can I carry the empty ones? Just for the camera?” Pence said during a photo opportunity in Virginia.

Okay, the boxes weren’t really empty, but the gesture was.

the empty man

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Mike Pence, meet hot mic.

The vice president got roasted on Twitter, on TV and by the campaign of Joe Biden after being caught by a live microphone jokingly offering to carry empty boxes “just for the camera” into a nursing home treating coronavirus cases.

The offer, seemingly made in jest, came during a photo opportunity for media on Thursday at the the Woodbine Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Alexandria, Virginia.


During the visit, Pence did lug some boxes off a van which appeared to contain something to the front door of the health facility, which was about 15 feet away.

He didn’t “lug” anything. He put the boxes on a dolly, wheeled them a few feet and then put the boxes in a doorway.

With him was Seema Verma, the administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Pence, who like other visitors outside the facility was not wearing a mask, at one point walked back to the van after several round trips, where there were some other cardboard boxes remaining.

“Those are empty, sir,” Pence was told by a worker, according to video.

Pence replies, “Well, can I carry the empty ones? Just for the camera?” drawing laughter from people around him.

Because people dying from a deadly virus is fucking hilarious.

ABC late night show host Jimmy Kimmel unloaded on Pence for even making the empty offer, which the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” star featured on his show Thursday night.

“Mike Pence pretending to carry empty boxes of PPEs into a hospital is the perfect metaphor for who he is and what he’s doing: A big box of nothing, delivering another box of nothing,” Kimmel cracked.

Kimmel later Friday posted a backhanded apology to Pence on Twitter, writing, “It would appear that @vp was joking about carrying empty boxes for a staged publicity stunt.”

“The full video reveals that he was carrying full boxes for a staged publicity stunt. My apologies. I know how dearly this administration values truth,” Kimmel wote.


Trump last week announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency would this month begin sending two shipments of the protective gear to each of the U.S.’s more than 15,000 nursing homes.

However, each of those shipments is providing just one seven-day supply of PPE.

NBC News has reported that industry executives call that amount “wholly insufficient” to the needs of nursing homes.


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14 responses to “This Veep Ain’t Deep

  1. therub

    of course it’s ‘insufficient.’ they just want to give the ‘appearance’ of helping out. it’s all a matter of ‘perception’ don’t ya know.

    • This entire administration is run as if it was an episode of The Apprentice. It’s all about optics, and they don’t think any substance is necessary.

  2. singe

    What is real is that his shoulders carried an empty head into the nursing home and everywhere else he has ever gone or will ever go.

    • My skin crawls when he speaks, He’s got a slimy kind of drawl in his voice that he uses to try to sound sincere, but he never does.

  3. Nothing much to add here. Your poster title describe him perfectly.

    You’d think after three and a half years these dingbats would have figured out that any off-the-cuff remark like that is going to work its way out into the public domain.

    • People forget that mics are on. I can understand that, and that’s forgivable. However, his total disregard for everyone around him is not. I don’t know if arrogance or a fear of Twitler is what makes him not wear a mask. It doesn’t really matter, because in either case, he had no business being in his position.

  4. Oh well, just another day in the hood. Nothing new and nothing gained as all of the hired folks of Twitler just keep on bring idle minded. What exactly was the trip to the nursing home with the press in tow, supposed to accomplish other than it being seen by people as some great deed by the current administration. An inadequate supply should not have been but that is just how Trump views everything that he dips his hands in- sort of like throwing a rolls of paper towels at hurricane survivors. He just makes it look good for the general public and calls it day but he is sure to tout it as something “really big.”

    • It was a PR stunt. Did they really need Pence to take the boxes out of the van? He just moved them to the wussie dolly (four wheels, he couldn’t even use the 2-wheeled dolly like a real man), wheeled them a few feet and then put them in a doorway. Who was that supposed to help? Even as a PR stunt, ti came off as stupid.

  5. I am reminded of Paul Ryan (remember him, GOP House Speaker 200 or 300 Tyears ago?) washing already washed pans in that homeless shelter?

    • Hi Bruce,

      Welcome to The Raisin! 😀

      Eddie Munst… I mean Paul Ryan washing clean pots and pans and Chimpy Dubya Bush posing with a decorative turkey in Iraq as well as his Mission Accomplished stunt in his flight suit. As they say, all sizzle and no steak.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Hope to see you again soon. 🙂

  6. Sigh! Help! When will this nightmare end?