White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said last week that Trump may more frequently choose to look outside to host his campaign speeches. Public health officials warn against holding large rallies as the virus continues to spread across much of the country, but believe that outdoor congregations are relatively less risky than indoor gatherings.
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“We have to understand that this is a new world because there are a lot of people who support the president … who don’t go to another gathering,” said Conway. “It is a high risk, a low reward for them, because they already support it.”
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Trump and his campaign spurred his official return to the election campaign with last month’s Tulsa rally, which ultimately ended in disappointing turnout and an epidemic of viruses among secret service personnel and agents.
Meanwhile, a Trump campaign fundraiser, Kimberly Guilfoyle, tested positive for the coronavirus before the president’s speech in Mount Rushmore, South Dakota. Guilfoyle, who is the girlfriend of Trump’s eldest child, Donald Trump Jr., had traveled separately from the president in South Dakota but did not attend the event.
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The president was narrowly defeated in 2016 in New Hampshire by Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Before the pandemic, campaign officials had identified the state, in addition to Minnesota and New Mexico, as a place where they saw a chance to expand the electoral map.
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“Trump’s response to the COVID-19 crisis has been chaotic and woefully inadequate, resulting in the deaths of thousands of Granite Staters and hundreds of human lives, while causing significant damage to our state’s economy,” said Ray Buckley, president of the Democratic Party of New Hampshire. the rally has been announced.
“Instead of helping our state recover safely, Trump is flying away for a political rally that will only further highlight the chaos it has caused.” “
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Trump has already teased holding rallies in Texas, North Carolina, Florida and elsewhere. Now his campaign is taking a more cautious approach, as these states and others have seen worrisome increases in cases and concerns that even Trump’s own supporters might not want to flock to his appearances en masse.
A campaign assistant described the campaign’s thinking on the condition of anonymity.
Trump also plans to continue making frequent official visits to battlefield states, where he should continue to highlight his administration’s response to the pandemic and efforts to restart the national economy.
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These little events do not replicate for Trump or his supporters the energy of his rallies in the roaring arena, but they are often paid for by taxpayers and still have political sides among Democrats.
Trump organized two in-person fundraisers in early June. Subsequent events have not yet been scheduled, but aides insisted that there was a “pent-up demand” for high value-added events featuring the president that were postponed due to the epidemic.
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