A crowd of hundreds gathered in North Carolina on Tuesday for a Donald Trump campaign rally that saw many people shed masks, despite government guidelines limiting gatherings to 50 people.
Before the president’s visit to Winston-Salem, the chairman of the local district commission, a Republican, urged Trump to wear a face mask. The state has a mask requirement to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
“It was ordered by the governor,”
Trump “is a citizen of the United States, but he’s also a guest in our county,” said Plyler. “Without a mask he could get sick and blame the governor.”
Trump, however, did not wear a mask and used the event to ridicule his Democratic opponent Joe Biden for following social distancing guidelines. “Have you ever seen the gyms with the circles?” He said an obvious reference to a Biden event at a high school where attendees followed social distancing guidelines.
Nearly 178,000 people in North Carolina have tested positive for Covid-19, with more than 1,000 cases reported Tuesday – although the number of cases and deaths is slowly trending downward.
Recent polls have shown that Trump is locked in a close race with Biden in North Carolina. As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, the president has often tried to focus on the economy and police, rather than the virus.
While supporters waited for Trump to arrive, Knockin ‘on Heaven’s Door played over the speakers, creating an accidentally dark soundtrack.
Trump mocked the mass demonstrations across the country against racism and policing, telling the crowded, cheering crowd, “We have decided to call our rallies peaceful protests.”
The President has previously used the term to describe meetings of his followers. If protesters against police brutality are allowed to gather, so should their supporters.
“Because they have rules in these Democratic-run states that you can’t have more than five people in an election campaign,” said the president. “You can’t go to church, you can’t do anything outside. If you are ready to get upset, run down the main street, if you get upset and stand on each other’s face and do what the hell you want, you are allowed to do that because you are considered a peaceful protester. ”
However, his claims are exaggerated. In North Carolina, ruled by Democrat Roy Cooper, gatherings are currently capped at 50 and masks are mandatory. North Carolina (as in all states) is allowed to go outside and churches are allowed to hold services, although officials recommend that believers stay socially distant and wear masks.
There have been more than 6.3 million cases of coronavirus in the U.S., with the country nearing 190,000 deaths. Trump’s rally comes as health experts warn that the hunt for a vaccine has become increasingly politicized. The Trump administration is rushing to release a vaccine ahead of the November election.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading White House infectious disease expert who is increasingly at odds with Trump, said Tuesday that a coronavirus vaccine is unlikely to be ready “by the end of the year.” Fauci disagreed with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which have signaled health officials could expect a vaccine to be ready before the elections.
“We are unlikely to have a definitive answer,” Fauci said while examining whether a vaccine is safe and effective in the elections! National Health Research Forum America 2020.