In an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal following an indoor rally in Henderson, Donald Trump made explicitly clear he is not concerned with his supporters potentially contracting COVID-19 during his indoor rallies. When asked if he was concerned with contracting the virus himself, Trump stated: “I’m on a stage and it’s very far away … And so I’m not at all concerned.” His only concern with hosting indoor rallies was that it limited the size of the crowd.
This follows a pattern of disregard for putting American lives in danger:
Back in February, Trump admitted he knew the virus was deadly and far more dangerous than the flu but proceeded to downplay the seriousness of COVID-19 for months.
He refused for months to encourage Americans to stay home, and instead tweeted about the need to “liberate” states with stay at home orders.
Up until July, he neglected to encourage the use of face coverings despite the recommendation from medical experts.
His campaign has openly disregarded and shown disdain for state directives aimed at curbing coronavirus outbreaks when he held rallies across the country, specifically holding rallies indoors in both Tulsa, Oklahoma and Henderson, Nevada.
Nevada State Democratic Party Chair William McCurdy II released the following statement:
“Donald Trump is once again doing what he’s famous for: saying the quiet part out loud. This time, it’s expressing blatant disregard for the health and wellbeing of his supporters. Despite his own White House advising against large gatherings, Trump made the selfish and reckless decision to host an indoor rally with thousands of mostly-mask-less Nevadans. Trump isn’t worried about contracting the virus himself because of his physical distance from crowds and his ability to get tested regularly–a safeguard he’s never prioritized for the American people. Now more than ever, Nevadans are ready for real leadership in the White House.”