Since he first announced his candidacy in 2015, President Trump has been known for hosting massive campaign rallies. While fears about the coronavirus have left many on edge, Trump denied rumors that he might cancel any of his rallies, despite calls from the left to do so.
“We’ll hold tremendous rallies,” the Washington Examiner quoted Trump as telling reporters at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
Democrats call for cancelation
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) took the opportunity to attack Trump’s rallies on Saturday, saying during an MSNBC interview that the “responsible thing to do” is to cancel large gatherings.
“The fact that [Trump] is not willing to cancel his various rallies suggests that he is willing to place even his most ardent supporters at risk,” Spier claimed.
“Because we’re supposed to stay six feet away from other persons in order to mitigate the exchange of those viruses, I think that he is showing, unfortunately, why he is so ill-prepared to guide our country during this time of crisis,” She concluded.
Spier, however, conspicuously did not call on Democrat presidential candidates to cancel their campaign rallies or town halls.
Cruz and Gosar isolate themselves
Coronavirus became an issue at this year’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) when it later emerged that an attendee tested positive for the illness.
Following the news, event organizers released a statement via Twitter that stated, “At this time, not a single person has reported any unusual illness.” In response, two Republican lawmakers said that they would be voluntarily isolating themselves.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tweeted that he would be remaining at home, although he also stressed, “I’m not experiencing any symptoms, and I feel fine and healthy,” adding that “the medical authorities have advised me that the odds of transmission from the other individual to me were extremely low.”
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) was also present at the event, and he announced that he would be temporarily closing his office.
“I am announcing that I, along with 3 of my senior staff, are officially under self-quarantine after sustained contact at CPAC with a person who has since been hospitalized with the Wuhan Virus,” Gosar said on Twitter. “My office will be closed for the week. We are all asymptomatic and feel great. But we are being proactive and cautious.”
Trump himself was also present at CPAC but shrugged off worries about contracting the virus, saying, “I’m not concerned at all.”