Georgia GOP voters largely dismiss media speculation over Trump’s COVID diagnosis: Report

Trump critics in the Democratic Party and mainstream media continue to speculate about President Donald Trump’s health following his COVID-19 diagnosis and brief stay at Walter Reed Medical Center, despite evidence that he has regained his strength and his return to the campaign trail.

As for GOP voters, one reporter’s informal survey in Georgia revealed a sharp contrast to the media’s reaction, according to the Washington Examiner.

“You’re going to get exposed”

Naomi Lim reported from a campaign event for Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) this week, and found a combination of “amusement and exasperation” when local Republicans weighed in on the president’s health scare.

Attorney Dale Perry offered a colorful assessment of the prevailing narrative that Trump’s mishandling of the pandemic was the cause of his infection.

“Bluntly, I think that’s pure bulls***,” he said. “When you get out there and when you mingle with people, you’re going to be exposed.”

For another Republican voter at the event, Trump’s positive coronavirus test proved that “the president is a human being.” Nevertheless, Bambi Gibbons did express some concern about a perceived lack of transparency from the White House over the details of his convalescence.

“It’s important to be open about health because, if something happens to the president, we have to know what the next steps are,” she said. “The president must be protected, of course, but in terms of health, I think this is of national interest.”

“Nobody said anything”

As Breitbart reported on Monday, though, White House physician Dr. Sean Conley confirmed that the president had tested negative for the virus and no longer presented a risk of spreading it to others.

Following that announcement, Trump kicked off a flurry of campaign stops, starting with a rally in Sanford, Florida, on Monday evening.

While he is focused on swing states crucial in his path to a second term, the incumbent maintains a slim lead over Democratic nominee Joe Biden in Georgia, as reported by the RealClearPolitics average of polls.

Among his supporters in the state, Trump’s recent illness does not appear to be a particular concern. As the Examiner reported, Trump voter Melanie Thomas used the case of a prominent Georgia Democrat to highlight a perceived double standard.

“A lot of people have said that he deserved it, but when the mayor of Atlanta contracted COVID, nobody said anything,” she said.

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