Herman Cain, a 2012 Republican presidential contender, died this week after a weekslong battle with the coronavirus, his family confirmed.
Following that announcement, President Donald Trump saluted his “great friend” with a Twitter tribute on Thursday.
“Adored by everyone that ever met him”
“My friend Herman Cain, a Powerful Voice of Freedom and all that is good, passed away this morning,” the president wrote. “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.”
Trump said he expressed his “deepest condolences to the entire family” in a phone call with Cain’s wife and children.
“Melania and I loved Herman Cain, a great man,” Trump concluded. “Herman, Rest In Peace!”
Cain announced his diagnosis just days after he attended Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last month, leading to some speculation that he contracted the virus while at that venue.
His family, however, noted that he traveled extensively and they were unsure how or where he came in contact with the virus.
“Like a father”
Following a successful career in the business realm, including a stint as CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, Cain transitioned into the political world. In 1995, he was appointed to be the chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
The following year, he served as an adviser to Sen. Bob Dole’s presidential campaign. He gained national prominence in 2012 with a strong showing among the GOP presidential contenders, though his numbers plummeted in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations.
Dan Calabrese, the editor of Cain’s website, wrote that he was “like a father” to those on his staff.
“We knew when he was first hospitalized with COVID-19 that this was going to be a rough fight,” he added. “He had trouble breathing and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. We all prayed that the initial meds they gave him would get his breathing back to normal, but it became clear pretty quickly that he was in for a battle.”
An inspiration to those who followed his career and a trusted mentor to those who knew him personally, Cain will assuredly be missed.