The left was up in arms after President Donald Trump broke his coronavirus-prompted hiatus with a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma late last month. Now, it’s happening all over again.
According to The Washington Times, the Trump campaign announced over the Independence Day weekend that the president would be holding an outdoor rally in New Hampshire on Saturday, July 11.
It’s MAGA time
Trump is still doing his best to poke the bear — but now, he’s going to be doing it with social distancing measures in place. After a dismal showing at Trump’s Tulsa rally, the president’s team has set up an outdoor gathering in Portsmouth, New Hampshire that will allow for attendees to maintain a greater distance from one another.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that “individuals from different households remain spaced at least 6 feet apart” amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Additionally, all attendees to Trump’s Saturday rally in Portsmouth are going to be given face masks, the Times notes, and they will be strongly encouraged to wear them.
Hand sanitizer will reportedly also be made available.
“He’ll do it again”
The Trump campaign, for its part, has lauded the upcoming event as a chance to celebrate the president’s “record-setting accomplishments.”
“President Trump’s record-setting accomplishments in record-setting time have improved the lives of all Americans. He rebuilt, restored, and renewed our great nation once, and he’ll do it again,” Trump’s campaign press secretary, Hogan Gidley, said of the rally, according to the Times.
He went on: “We look forward to so many freedom-loving patriots coming to the rally and celebrating America, the greatest country in the history of the world.”
Of course, critics maintain that any mass gathering amid a pandemic is dangerous. According to The New York Times, more than 2.9 million cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the U.S., and at least 130,000 Americans have died.
But Trump’s rallies were the bread and butter of his 2016 campaign — and if he wants to win the White House again, he has no choice but to get out there and get voters energized.
After all, who wants to vote for someone who only campaigns from his basement?