Herman Cain, the former Republican presidential candidate, businessman and close ally of President Donald Trump, was celebrated at a private funeral in Atlanta on Friday. Cain died July 30 of complications from COVID-19. He was 74. (Aug. 7)
The claim: No politicians have died or resigned due to COVID-19, or had their businesses looted
The nationwide death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic has reached over 200,000 and has affected many public figures, including celebrities, athletes and politicians. But a viral meme circulating on social media claims otherwise.
“Not one politician has died from the virus, lost their job, or had their business looted,” reads a Sept. 7 Facebook meme which features a photo of actor Tommy Lee Jones. “Y’all know you’re being played right?”
USA TODAY reached out to the user for comment.
The meme was also shared by conservative news personality Ben Swann and was removed