Herman Cain Has Passed Away
Herman Cain, a former candidate for president and who President Trump once considered for the federal reserve, has passed away after being hospitalized with the coronavirus. Cain was 74.
Cain’s passing was announced Thursday on his website by Dan Calabrese, the editor of the site and who originally reported the diagnosis. The blog post read:
“Herman Cain – our boss, our friend, like a father to so many of us – has passed away. We all prayed so hard every day. We knew the time would come when the Lord would call him home, but we really liked having him here with us, and we held out hope he’d have a full recovery.”
Cain is one of highest-profile figures to pass away from coronavirus. Less than two weeks before he was diagnosed with the virus, Cain attended Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Okalhoma, which was held despite the concerns about the virus spreading.
— Herman Cain (@THEHermanCain) June 20, 2020
The President Gives His Condolences
President Trump tweeted out his condolences to Herman Cain’s family, saying:
“My friend Herman Cain, a Powerful Voice of Freedom and all that is good, passed away this morning. Herman had an incredible career and was adored by everyone that ever met him, especially me. He was a very special man, an American Patriot, and great friend.”
…the phone with his amazing wife Gloria, daughter, Melanie, and son Vincent to express my deepest condolences to the entire family. @FLOTUS Melania and I loved Herman Cain, a great man. Herman, Rest In Peace! pic.twitter.com/GNUf5jHjX0
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2020
Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, also tweeted that Cain “embodied the American Dream and represented the very best of the American spirit.”
Herman Cain embodied the American Dream and represented the very best of the American spirit.
Our hearts grieve for his loved ones, and they will remain in our prayers at this time. We will never forget his legacy of grace, patriotism, and faith.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) July 30, 2020
His Battle with COVID
Herman Cain was hospitalized on July 1st, two days after he had been diagnosed with COVID-19. At that time, he did not require a respirator and was “awake and alert”.
After his hospitalization, his social media accounts provided vague updates on his condition. A July 5th message said Cain was “making progress” and that there would be “more encouraging news” expected to come soon. On July 10th, a message said that Cain himself described his condition as “cruise control” because “the progress is slow but his breathing is getting stronger every day. Make no mistake: He is improving!”
Update: Herman wants to thank everyone for praying for him. It's making a difference. He's still in the hospital but he's making progress and we expect to hear more encouraging news as the week progresses. So thank you, everyone, and keep them coming! God is listening.
— Herman Cain (@THEHermanCain) July 5, 2020
Herman asked us to let you know again how much he appreciates all your prayers. He's still in an Atlanta-area hospital, where doctors are trying to make sure his oxygen levels are right.
— Herman Cain (@THEHermanCain) July 7, 2020
Herman wants to once again thank everyone for your prayers. He describes the current process as "cruise control" because the progress is slow but his breathing is getting stronger every day.
Make no mistake: He is improving!
Please keep praying and know he loves you all.
— Herman Cain (@THEHermanCain) July 10, 2020
The most recent update was this Monday, in which it was said he was being treated with oxygen in his lungs, though the message, again, was adamant he “really is getting better, which means it is working.”
Where He Started
Cain first started out in business, having served as CEO to a restaurant chain, Godfather’s Pizza, and serving as a business executive and board chairman for a branch of Kansas City’s Federal Reserve bank.
He transitioned into politics after working as economic advisor to Bob Dole during Dole’s 1996 Presidential campaign.
He became a Presidential candidate in 2012, where he made headlines with his “9-9-9” economic plan to replace much of the federal reserve tax code with a 9% business transactions tax, a 9% personal income tax and a 9% sales tax. He lost the bid to Mitt Romney, who shared his condolences as well:
Saddened that Herman Cain—a formidable champion of business, politics and policy—has lost his battle with Covid. St. Peter will soon hear “999!” Keep up the fight, my friend.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) July 30, 2020
He is survived by his wife, Gloria Etchison, his daughter, Melanie, and his son, Vincent.
Our condolences go out to the Cain family.
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