President Donald Trump boasted to supporters on Tuesday that his campaign was deliberately misrepresenting itself to circumvent coronavirus restrictions.
“Joe Biden and his party have been fueling the riots all summer that ravaged the Democratic-run cities, calling them peaceful protesters. We call them peaceful demonstrators, do you know why? Because in these Democratic-run states they have rules that you can’t campaign more than five people. You did this for me, ”the president told supporters during a rally in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
The commander in chief has railed against lockdown restrictions designed to slow the spread of COVID-1
“If you go to church, you can no longer go to church! You can’t go to church, you have to stay in your house, there is nothing you can do, but when you’re ready to riot, run down the main street, stand on everyone’s faces, whatever the hell if that’s what you want to do , you can do this because you are considered a peaceful demonstrator. That is why we have decided to call all our rallies peaceful protests, ”he said on Tuesday evening.
It is unclear to which local authority the campaign would have given such descriptions of itself.
In line with his tradition of attacking health guidelines issued by his own administration, Trump also claimed that it was better not to shut down to stop the virus from spreading.
“You’re in a shutdown. I’ve been to many states that haven’t shut down and they’re doing better. They are doing better, ”he said.
The responses of states to the coronavirus pandemic have varied widely, as have the results of their responses. Texas and Florida, which have largely lifted their COVID-19 shutdown orders, are still struggling with high case numbers. California, where a strict and early lockdown has been put in place, has the highest number of cases in the nation. Iowa, which did not have a statewide home order, is now one of the country’s COVID-19 hotspots. However, multiple peer-reviewed studies have found that lockdowns prevented millions of infections.
Trump’s campaign trip has sparked dozens of new coronavirus infections among his own employees and his intelligence guards.
Trump also fueled conspiracy theories about North Carolina Democratic Governor Roy Cooper and his administration. The President, a Republican, encouraged supporters to watch out for “thefts, thefts and robberies” and urged his supporters to be “election observers”.
“You have to be careful with these ballot papers. Watch these ballots. I do not like it. You have a democratic governor. You have all of these Democrats. I don’t like it, ”he said.
Trump has spent months trying to undermine the credibility of the upcoming election results, be it attacking the postal service and voting by mail or voting in states with Democratic governors. He has repeatedly said that outside forces “rigged” the 2016 elections despite the win without evidence.