Not a regular day in the pandemic
On Thursday night, about 1,500 people gathered on the South Lawn of the White House. President Donald Trump came to accept his party’s nomination for re-election in front of an enthusiastic crowd. Not a single mask in view and chairs placed inches apart from one another. There was no room for social distancing. This was a complete violation of endless public health recommendations. According to the news, only those had been tested for COVID-19 who were in “close proximity” to the president and vice president.
The crisis unfolds in Trump’s re-nomination party
More than 42,000 new cases were reported Wednesday and 2,700 more have died since the week began. But few speakers talked about the virus, while others discussed it in the past tense. “It was awful. Health and economic impacts were tragic.” said White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on the convention’s second night. “But presidential leadership came swiftly and effectively with an extraordinary rescue for health and safety to successfully fight the COVID virus.” He added.
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A complete contrast with the Democrats’ nomination party
This is a complete contrast with the Democrats, who interacted with audiences at live speeches during their virtual convention last week. Presidential nominee Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris also wore masks, even when they were outside and standing apart from one another. “Is coronavirus gone? Is COVID-19 gone?” Biden campaign senior adviser Symone Sanders asked Thursday on a call with reporters.” I didn’t see any masks or social distancing happening during the vice president’s speech last night. So, the reality is, there is a lack of leadership here.”
The show goes on during Covid Crisis
In reality the Republicans’ event looked very different from past conventions. Because of the virus, the GOP cancelled the mass gatherings drawing thousands to North Carolina or Florida. They have been consulting with a coronavirus adviser. No audience was present to listen to the indoor speeches. But outdoor events have featured guests. There was a Rose Garden address Tuesday by first lady Melania Trump. She spoke about the toll of the virus. Vice President Mike Pence delivered a speech Wednesday in front of about 100 people. That included Pence’s family and wounded veterans, at Fort McHenry in Baltimore. After Pence’s speech got over audience members moved from their chairs and gathered near the stage to greet them.
The blatant disrespect of rules amid Pandemic by Trump’s Party
While president Donald Trump and first lady appeared to keep their distance, Pence shook hands. He exchanged fist bumps, and even accepted a small gift from an audience member. No one appeared cautious about social distancing. Few in the crowd wore masks. Some people even told reporters they did not test for the virus before attending the speech.
“The president and the entire RNC had an opportunity to show the seriousness of this pandemic. It is the worst public health crisis in our lifetimes. It’s extremely concerning that only did they not discuss precautions like wearing masks and social distancing. They are going against all of our public health guidance.” said Dr Leana Wen. She is an emergency physician and visiting professor of health policy at The George Washington University and the former health commissioner of Baltimore.
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