REPORT: Trump Plans To Hold Rallies Again Despite Pandemic, Despite Doctors Pointing to 2021
Just a month-and-a-half after Donald Trump held his last rally in North Carolina, his campaign’s communications director is insisting the show must go on.
“We will get back to those rallies,” Tim Murtaugh, the Trump 2020 communications director, told ABC News on Friday. “Never fear, the president is certain that we’re going to be back out there speaking directly to the American people.”
Experts have been warning that similar large scale gatherings, such as sporting events and concerts, could be dangerous until there is a widely available vaccine.
That likely won’t be until well into 2021.
NEW: Trump campaign tells @ABC News they're still planning rallies this year with POTUS amid pandemic
Experts warn it should wait until “later part of 2021”
— Will Steakin (@wsteaks) April 17, 2020
Facebook, for example, is holding off on holding any big company events until at least June 2021.
The Trump campaign is ignoring that timeline, with Murtaugh only hedging that the rallies would possibly leave seats vacant and be held in “low risk” areas.
Trump held rallies all throughout the month of February, and has raised concerns even among Republican allies by holding lengthy and meandering coronavirus press briefings in their absence.
Dr. Nasia Safdar, the medical director of Infection Control at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, told ABC News that the 2021 timeline may even be on the optimistic side.
“We hope by [the later part of 2021] we’ll have a vaccine, which might be an ambitious timeline, but that seems the earliest that one might think of doing that,”Dr. Safdar said.
People are NOT surprised:
Go for it, GOPers. That's a stellar idea. See how many of you can cram into one tight enclosed space. Maybe hold hands and give long groups hugs, too.
— Kellyanne says . . . (@rickohindy) April 17, 2020
Problem is that many at his rallies are not locals. Many travel around the country to attend. They, no matter how you slice it, willbe a petri dish for COVID
— Scott Kolodny (@swkolodny) April 17, 2020
Just have all attendees sign a waiver: no medical care or resuscitation orders and I am good — as long as they live in/stick to their communes.
— Cindy C. (@mtcatlady17) April 17, 2020
I favor this 100%. Pack the arenas to the rafters. Shake hands, hug, party like it's 1999. Do this daily. Do this twice or many times daily. Please.
— Mike Peacock (@mediadvise) April 17, 2020
Let them go. When they get sick, they should stay at home, not be tested.
First responders & medical workers shouldn't risk exposure & their lives to treat people literally too dumb to live.
Anyway, they will be held in states without adequate med resources for an epidemic.
— Nasty Grim (@GrimmerSister) April 17, 2020