Friday, President Trump defended guests attending a press conference taking place in his Bedminster country club by calling them a “peaceful protest.”
A reporter said they were not properly socially distancing, prompting a spirited exchange with Trump that had the crowd laughing and cheering for the President.
You said that the pandemic is disappearing, but we lost 6000 Americans this week and just in this room you have dozens of people who are not following the guidelines in New Jersey, which say you should not…
No, they don’t have to. This is a political activity.
(Crowd boos loudly at reporter)
You’re wrong on that because it’s a political activity. They have exceptions, political activity and…You’re wrong on that because it’s a political activity. They have exceptions, political activity …and to me, they look like they all have–pretty much all have masks on.
But, you know, you have an exclusion in the law. It says peaceful protest or political activity, right? In fact, specifically yeah, it says exactly political activity or peaceful protest. And you can call it political activity, but I’d call it peaceful protest because they heard you were coming up. And they know the news is fake. They understand it better than anybody.
(Applause from audience)