President Donald Trump has scheduled a flurry of campaign rallies in states across the United States in the final days before the election.
Ahead of a planned event in North Carolina, however, the campaign determined that the threat of severe weather was enough to warrant a postponement, as reported by The Hill.
“Gusts reaching 50 miles per hour”
In a statement this week, a Trump campaign spokesman cited a forecast including strong winds in announcing that the Thursday rally would be canceled.
“Because of a wind advisory issued with gusts reaching 50 miles per hour and other weather conditions, the outdoor Fayetteville, NC rally has been postponed until Monday,” explained campaign director Tim Murtaugh.
The threat of high winds came as Hurricane Zeta, downgraded to a post-tropical storm, traveled along the East Coast this week, according to WTVD.
Planned as his third recent appearance in the state, where he is currently fighting a slim deficit to Democratic nominee Joe Biden after winning the state’s electoral votes in 2016.
On the same day as the postponed Fayetteville rally, Trump appeared in Florida for a campaign event during which he addressed the controversy surrounding the crowded gatherings amid a public health crisis brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak.
“All of the things you have to do”
“We know the disease,” he assured the crowd. “We social distance; we do all of the things you have to do.”
The president went on to assert to his supporters that “the bottom line” is that they are “going to get better” if they contract the pandemic virus.
As The Hill noted, his most recent North Carolina rally took place last week in Gaston and two attendees have subsequently tested positive for the coronavirus.
Ahead of a final-stretch rally planned in Minnesota, Trump claimed that he continues to attract “the biggest crowds in the history of politics” and expressed his displeasure over local restrictions put in place in an attempt to limit the virus’s spread.
“25,000 people want to be there,” he said. “And they say you can only have 250 people. They thought I’d cancel. But I’m not canceling and we’ll find out what happens.”