President Trump’s campaign said he wanted to hold more rallies, even as states wrestle with a surge in the number of new coronavirus cases.
“President Trump is eager to keep hitting the campaign trail and holding more rallies to speak directly to the American people,” Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said in a statement to the Washington Examiner. “He built the best economy anyone has ever seen and he will do it a second time. By contrast, Joe Biden would raise taxes and impose the job-killing Green New Deal on every employer in the country.”
Trump announced earlier this month he would hold rallies in Florida, Texas, Arizona, and North Carolina, all states where local officials have dialed back reopenings and officials have called for mask-wearing. Trump has been seen wearing a mask publicly only once and said last week he believed some people wore masks to “signal disapproval” of him.
“We’re going to be coming into Florida — do a big one in Florida, a big one in Texas,” Trump said at an event with members of the African American community in the White House Cabinet Room on June 10, announcing his return to the campaign trail with a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 19, which was later moved to the following day. “They’re all going to be big. We’re going to Arizona. We’re going to North Carolina at the appropriate time.”
He spoke last week to a packed crowd of 3,000 young people at a Students for Trump event in Phoenix, Arizona, days before Vice President Mike Pence warned of coronavirus cases “rising precipitously” in Sun Belt states and canceled political events this week in Florida and Arizona. Pence called Friday for “everybody to continue to do their part” in heeding the advice of health authorities to slow the spread.
“Even though many people, for a variety of reasons, do not listen to the, not suggestion, but plea to not congregate in crowds, some people are going to do that anyway,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during a committee hearing last week.
“If you do, please wear a mask,” he said.
Few people wore masks at the Trump event in Phoenix. The same was true at a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, earlier this month, despite the campaign distributing masks to attendees.
At least eight campaign staffers tested positive for the coronavirus before and after the Tulsa event.
The president is scheduled to attend a July 3 fireworks event for 7,500 people at Mount Rushmore, which South Dakota health experts have warned could lead to a spike in coronavirus cases.
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