The crowd of hundreds, who gathered tightly with a few face masks, erupted into a mixture of screams and hoots. The cold reception seemed to take Trump off guard, prompting a surprised look and laughter.
“It’s opening up,” Trump said, trying to settle his supporters. “Thank you, Mike. He is a good man. »
Whoa. Trump introduces Ohio Governor Mike DeWine – and crowds boo him!
“It opens,” says Trump, in an attempt to appease the public. pic.twitter.com/3G9AN8897b
– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) 21 September 2020
DeWine’s boos came after CNN correspondent Jeremy Diamond reported that Lt. Gov. Jon Husted (right) appealed to the crowd before Trump arrived to wear headgear to help with slow the spread of the coronavirus. He was booed, Diamond wrote on Twitter.
DeWine, who was endorsed by Trump and won the election in 2018, likely deserved hostile reception because he took tough action to try to slow the spread of COVID-19. DeWine has generally received high marks for his handling of the pandemic, but some of his actions have been at odds with Trump.
The governor at the end of July issued a statewide mask warrant requiring residents to wear face coverings when indoors or unable to maintain a distance of six feet from other people. It has also issued quarantine orders for residents returning from multiple states with high positivity rates.
DeWine has also issued guidelines for residents to limit indoor gatherings throughout the summer.
Trump, by comparison, urged governors to quickly reopen their economies. He has ignored his own administration’s guidelines on the use of masks and has organized many large rallies where supporters have gathered nearby, increasing the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
More than 200,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, the most countries in the world, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.