Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has tragically died at age 74 from coronavirus.
But Cain’s death is being underscored by one lingering question: did he catch COVID-19 at President Trump’s Tulsa rally?
Trump’s rally, back in June, was the first major political event held in-person since the pandemic began in March. The rally was marred by low turnout–as well as six Trump staffers who later tested positive for coronavirus.
It’s impossible to prove when or where Cain was infected, but he was hospitalized less than two weeks after the Tulsa rally.
According to experts, COVID-19 will show symptoms 2-14 days after infection.
Cain, who previously served as the CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, ran for President in 2012. Cain famously attracted attention for his “9-9-9” tax reform plan, which would replace all existing taxes with a 9% income tax, 9% sales tax, and 9% corporate tax.
Beginning his campaign as an underdog, Cain’s charm and charisma quickly won over Republican voters–and, by the fall of 2011, he was one of the frontrunners for the nomination.
However, his support plunged after several women accused him of sexual harassment. Cain denied the charges, but ultimately suspended his campaign several weeks later.
Cain continued to stay in the public eye, however–reemerging as a key supporter of President Donald Trump.