President Donald Trump held his comeback campaign rally in an arena in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday despite warnings and pleas from authorities to cancel due to possible virus spread.
Trump’s campaign highlighted the upcoming election as “a stark choice between national heritage and left-wing radicalism”, said an AP report.
Instead, it featured thousands of empty seats and news of coronavirus infections among his staff.
“The choice in 2020 is very simple,” Trump said to his supporters. “Do you want to bow before the left-wing mob, or do you want to stand up tall and proud as Americans?”
The campaign, according to the report was meant to restart Trump’s reelection effort.
Health warnings from officials to hold his first rally in 110 days fell on deaf ears.
The campaign handed out face masks and sanitizers to the participants, but few people used them.
They also went through temperature checks upon entering the arena.
“I don’t think it’s anything worse than the flu,” said a supporter from an AP interview.
I haven’t caught a cold or a flu in probably 15 years.”
Trump spent the evening talking about his accomplishment prior to the pandemic and grievances against the media.
However, Trump did not tackle recent issues like the killing of George Floyd and John Bolton’s new book.
Click here to read about Trump’s response to the rally.
Dangers of Crowds in Enclosed Spaces
A few days ago, officials from Tulsa issued warnings about the campaign rally pushing through. (click here to read more)
The rally which was launched inside a 20,000-person indoor arena had been worrying them.
“There’s just nothing good about this, and particularly in an enclosed arena,” said Karen Keith, a Tulsa County Commissioner.
A recent study identified being in enclosed spaces as a factor in spreading the coronavirus, said a Business Insider report.
The study found that the risk of contacting the virus depends on how close and how long you’ve been in contact with people.
“This virus really likes people being indoors in an enclosed space for prolonged periods of close face-to-face contact,” William Schaffner, professor at Vanderbilt University told Business Insider.