Trump set to defy task force recommendations with Wisconsin rallies

唐纳德·特朗普总统 is expected to again defy recommendations from his own administration’s coronavirus task force and guidance from local officials Saturday, traveling to Wisconsin for campaign rallies at airplane hangars in La Crosse and Green Bay.

The back-to-back large gatherings come as his own coronavirus task force is 警告 “rapid worsening” 和 “intense period of viral surge in Wisconsin and calling on the state to increase social distancing. But the President continues to show little interest in changing his campaign style to meet the needs of the moment. The Saturday rallies serve as another example of the President’s blatant disregard for science and best public health practices, plowing ahead with packed gatherings in hot spots even as the coronavirus pandemic rages across the country.
威斯康星州 “has continued to see a rapid worsening of the epidemic in the last week,” a September 27 weekly task force report obtained by CNN said. The state has the third highest case rate in the country and has a test positivity rate between 8% 和 10%, the seventh highest in the country.
The task force recommended increased social distancingto the maximal degree possible.
    During the intense period of viral surge, large numbers of acutely infected individuals caused exponential growth in infections. Although young adults are the most affected group currently, spread to other age groups is inevitable. To the maximal degree possible, increase social distancing mitigation measures until cases decline, including through supporting local authorities to pass and enforce mitigation measures,” 报告说.
    Both rally locations, La Crosse and Green Bay, fall into the task force-definedred zonefor metro areas (“reported both new cases at or above 101 每 100,000 人口, and a lab test positivity result at or above 10.1%”).

    Local officials in both La Crosse and Green Bay have spoken out against the rallies.
    Any massive gathering of people that occurs without social distancing, without masking has the possibility of being a super-spreader event,” Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich told the Green Bay Press Gazette. “I don’t think the President would want to be involved in something like that.
    And La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat, 民主党人, said he did not want Trump to visit and urged him to postpone at least 14 天.
    We’re really hoping that we can get this event either canceled or postponed to another time based on what we are experiencing here in La Crosse,” Kabat told CNN’s New Day Thursday, saying his team is working to get the campaign to move the event to another location in a nearby location.
    “在正常情况下, a presidential visit for a community like La Crosse would be an awesome thing and be welcome, but the situation that we’re in of course with the coronavirus really causes us to try to protect the community’s health and safety.
    威斯康星州州长. Tony Evers, also a Democrat, has called on the Trump campaign to either cancel the event or mandate masks. Kabat told CNN he does not have the authority himself to mandate the use of masks at an event like this.
    Trump has repeatedly mocked former vice president 乔·拜登 for his mask usage and derided his opponent’s campaign’s socially distanced events with marked circles.
    We have tens of thousands of people. If Sleepy Joe came here, if he hadI really mean this, you know the little circles he fills and he can’t get him full, you have like five of them. Those circles, those big beautiful — 我喜欢它, does a nice job, they’re very round, but he’s got like five of them and then he stands very far back and walks in,” Trump told a crowd of supporters in Middletown, 宾夕法尼亚州, 上个星期.
    And at Tuesday’s presidential debate, Trump defended his packed rallies.
    People want to hear what I have to sayand claimed the rallies have not led to additional spread,” 他说.
    Since the World Health Organization declared coronavirus a global pandemic in mid-March, Trump has held 21 campaign rallies, mostly at partially outdoor airplane hangar venues. Supporters largely do not wear masks and little to no social distancing is observed.
    “至今, we have had no problem whatsoever. It’s outside that’s a big difference, according to the experts, and we do them outside. We have tremendous crowds,” Trump said at the debate, neglecting to mention a packed rally at a manufacturing plant near Las Vegas two weeks ago.
    Biden called the Presidenttotally irresponsibleand suggesting Trump doesn’t care about spread among his supporters: “He never worried about you. He’s not worried about the people out there breathing.
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said supporters could choose whether to attend the Wisconsin events, later railing against what she described astwo standardsamid social justice protests, one for Trump supporters and one for everyone else.
    The President believes that people have a First Amendment right to political speech. He is having a rally. People can choose whether or not to come,” 麦肯尼说, adding that there would bemeasures to protect rallygoers.
    但是博士. Ann Helms, a Milwaukee neurologist and member of the Committee to Protect Medicare, an organization supporting Biden, said that in Wisconsin, 那里 “has not been a big bump in cases attributed to the social justice protests, largely because these are almost uniformly masked and outdoors with attempts to social distance,” unlike Trump’s rallies.
    博士. Robert Freedland, a La Crosse-based ophthalmologist and also a member of the Committee to Protect Medicare, said the continued rallies show Trump is failing to lead the nation and keep Americans safe.
    The President is held to a higher standard. He’s supposed to be a role model for all of us. He’s supposed to listen to his experts, he’s supposed to enact public policy that improves the health of all of us, that keeps us safe and not endanger us, but it’s clear that the President of the United States is willing to hold political rallies because he thinks it’ll be good for his politics, even if it’s bad for the people of Wisconsin. And I’m just tired of that,” 他说.
      Trump campaign spokeswoman Courtney Parella told CNN Thursday thateveryone attending will receive a temperature check, be provided a mask they are encouraged to wear and have access to plenty of hand sanitizer.
      The campaign did not substantively address CNN’s inquiries regarding the recommendations from the task force and whether there would be any efforts to heed those guidelines.

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