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    No, Mike Pence Did Not Deliver Empty Boxes To A Nursing Home For A Publicity Stunt

    No, Mike Pence Did Not Deliver Empty Boxes To A Nursing Home For A Publicity Stunt

    No, Mike Pence Did Not Deliver Empty Boxes To A Nursing Home For A Publicity Stunt
    A viral clip from comedian Jimmy Kimmel was edited to remove some important context.

    David Mack
    BuzzFeed News Reporter
    Last updated on May 8, 2020, at 1:51 p.m. ET

    Vice President Mike Pence visited a nursing home facility in Virginia on Thursday, meeting with staff and unloading boxes of personal protective equipment, or PPE, from FEMA.

    He was joined at Alexandria's Woodbine Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center by Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Navy Rear Adm. John Polowczyk, vice director for logistics for the military.

    FEMA is currently delivering PPE to 15,400 nursing homes across the country, with the facilities hit hard by the coronavirus.

    After the vice president greeted the nursing home administrators (at a socially distant 6 feet), he helped unload a van containing the boxes before the cameras.

    On his Thursday night show, late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel used a clip of Pence at the nursing home to suggest there was nothing inside the boxes.

    "Since it was going so well and also because he didn't realize he had a mic on, Magic Mike decided to keep it going," said Kimmel. "Listen in closely here."

    Kimmel then cut to video showing the vice president inquiring about the last boxes in the van before being told they were empty.

    "Well, can I carry the empty ones? Just for the camera?" Pence can be heard saying.

    Kimmel then said, "Mike Pence pretending to carry a big box 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."

    The show later tweeted the clip but deleted it Friday after BuzzFeed News contacted ABC for comment.

    On Friday morning, the clip went viral on Twitter. One tweet alone suggested Pence had been "caught on hot mic delivering empty boxes" was shared tens of thousands of times and viewed more than 1 million times.

    But the clip was selectively edited by Kimmel's team.

    The full clip from CSPAN clearly showed Pence, along with Verma and Polowczyk, loading and unloading boxes of some weight.

    Then, as Pence returns to the van one final time, he makes the comment about the empty boxes and immediately smiles as those around him laugh.

    When the man helping to unload the van says, "Absolutely," that same man then says jokingly, "They're a lot easier," to more laughter.

    Pence then immediately closes the van door. He does not proceed to carry any of the boxes he was informed were empty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    My bold.

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    It's interesting that Buzzfeed should carry this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Newman View Post
    It's interesting that Buzzfeed should carry this.
    No kidding. It's like they're trying to grow some journalistic integrity or something.
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