Trump ignored health warnings to hold his first rally in 110 days– one of the biggest indoor events in the world during a coronavirus break out that has actually eliminated more than 120,000 Americans and put 40 million out of work.
In the hours prior to the rally, crowds were considerably lighter than anticipated, and project officials scrapped strategies for Trump to resolve an overflow space outdoors.
Trump committed more than 10 minutes of his 105- minute rally– with the crowd chuckling along– attempting to discuss away a pair of odd images from his speech last weekend at West Point, blaming his slippery leather-soled shoes for video of him strolling awkwardly down a ramp as he left the podium.
” I do not believe it’s anything even worse than the influenza,” said Brian Bernard, 54, a retired IT worker from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who sported a Trump 2020 hat. “I haven’t caught a cold or a flu in most likely 15 years, and if I haven’t captured a cold or flu yet, I do not believe I’m gon na capture COVID.”
Mr. Lemire reported from New york city. Associated Press writers John Mone and Ellen Knickmeyer in Tulsa, Okla., added to this report.