Speaking on the Senate Floor, Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer suggested President Trump “doesn’t care” if his supporters get Coronavirus during his rally.
“He is planning big campaign rallies, asking, amazingly, to sign waivers not to sue if they contract COVID from attending.” Schumer said “I guess he worries that they might get it, but he doesn’t care, wants to have his rally. That’s the superficiality of this president. He’s also — President Trump has also moved major parts of the Republican Convention out of North Carolina in order to avoid having to respect the most basic precautions against the spread of coronavirus.”
Yahoo reports the Trump campaign said Tuesday it would stick with its plan for a giant indoor rally in Tulsa — on the same day the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that Oklahoma showed a 7.7 percent increase in COVID-19 cases, the highest in the country.
Ali Pardo, deputy communications director for the Trump campaign, tweeted that the rally would be held at the 19,000-seat BOK Center in Tulsa after Vice President Mike Pence seemed to raise the possibility of moving the event Saturday to an outdoor venue — which he said reflected the overwhelming demand for tickets, not any concerns about the coronavirus.
“We’ve had such an overwhelming response that we’re also looking at another venue, we’re also looking at outside activities,” Pence said in an appearance on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday. “And I know the campaign team will keep the public informed as that goes forward.”
The vice president said he is discussing various options with Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, who had asked the Trump campaign to consider a larger, outdoor venue.
After the interview, Pardo clarified that the rally will be held indoors, and that the campaign is “also considering other areas adjacent to the arena to allow the President to address even more people.”