Democrat Rep. Jackie Spier says Trump should Cancel His Rallies Because He is Putting “His Most Ardent Supporters at Risk”
On Sunday, Democrat Representative Jackie Speier said on MSNBC that the President is putting his supporters “at-risk” by not canceling any of his rallies amidst the coronavirus outbreak.
In a statement, Spier claimed that President Donald Trump is not capable of telling Americans the truth about the spreading coronavirus. She also added that she thinks we have to rely more on scientists trying to tell the truth even though it means going against the President.
The congresswoman continued to say that the President is “…so ill-prepared to guide our country during this time of the crisis.” Because she claims he is not willing to cancel his rallies, and not even thinking about how he might be putting his most loyal supporters at risk.
However, Trump responded that he does not have any plans to cancel his rallies over the growing concern of the coronavirus outbreak. Speaking in front of reporters at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump stated that he hadn’t had any problems with filling his rallies with people. In fact, in his previous ones in North and South Carolina, thousands of people still showed up with some standing outside the arenas.
Trump also echoed the same sentiment as he visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta. The President promised he would have more tremendous rallies and that they’ve done a terrific job with regards to the coronavirus.
The President, who was able to draw thousands of Americans and hold a raucous rally successfully, knows that rallies are a huge part of his 2016 campaign, as well as an important strategy for his re-election bid. In fact, last March 2, Trump held a rally at Charlotte, North Carolina, filling the 9,600-seat Bojangles’ Coliseum with Republican supporters.
As of the moment, there are currently no rallies that have been scheduled for Trump’s campaign. When asked if the event was canceled due to the outbreak, campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh responded with a resounding “no.”
According to John Hopkins University, as of Saturday, there had been 400 coronavirus cases in the U.S. with 19 recorded deaths. When asked whether it is safe for Americans to attend rallies, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar refused to give further statements as he believed it was not proper to speak about politics during a health crisis.
Spier who loved to put the finger on the President also suggested that Trump was to blame for allegedly Iran’s mistakenly downing the Ukrainian commercial plane, which killed all 176 passengers on board. Spier said that Trump was partially to blame for the tragedy. “If what is being projected is true, this is yet another example of collateral damage from the actions that have been taken in a provocative way by the president of the United States,” Spier said.