One-time presidential candidate and Trump surrogate Herman Cain has been rushed to the hospital after receiving a positive COVID-19 test.
The news was officially confirmed by Cain’s Twitter account. According to the statement, Cain is “resting comfortably” in an Atlanta-area hospital.
Cain, who is 74 years old, reportedly received a positive diagnosis on June 29 but did not begin experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 until July 1.
According to Cain’s staffers, his symptoms were serious enough on Wednesday to require hospitalization. “On Monday, June 29, Herman Cain was informed that he had tested positive for COVID-19. By Wednesday, July 1, Mr. Cain had developed symptoms serious enough to require hospitalization,” the statement read.
“He spent the past night in the hospital and as of today, Thursday, July 2, he is resting comfortably in an Atlanta-area hospital. Mr. Cain did not require a respirator, and he is awake and alert.”
This isn’t Cain’s first health scare. Cain was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2006. Colon cancer is a serious diagnosis with a low survival rate. The cancer spread to his liver, and doctors gave him a 30 percent chance of winning the battle.
However, Cain opted to treat the cancer with chemotherapy and has been in remission since then.
Links to Trump rally
Cain attended Donald Trump’s controversial campaign rally in Tulsa on June 20 as a Trump surrogate. Though many mainstream media outlets speculate that Cain’s diagnosis is linked to the event, Cain’s staff shot the rumors down.
“There is no way of knowing for sure how or where Mr. Cain contracted the coronavirus, but we do know he is a fighter who has beaten Stage 4 cancer,” Cain’s staff wrote in the announcement.
Dan Calabrese, the editor of HermanCain.com, wrote after the announcement, “I realize people will speculate about the Tulsa rally, but Herman did a lot of traveling the past week, including to Arizona where cases are spiking. I don’t think there’s any way to trace this to the one specific contact that caused him to be infected. We’ll never know.”
Herman Cain unsuccessfully ran for president in 2012 on the Republican ticket, and briefly rose to the top of the polls due to his popular tax plan.
President Trump announced that he would nominate Cain to fill a vacant seat on the Federal Reserve Board in April of 2019. President Trump retracted his plan after media sources dredged up allegations of sexual misconduct on Cain’s part.