President Donald Trump may cancel his planned rally for later this month in Florida over the coronavirus pandemic -- but he boasted it was "sold out."
Many state and local governments are calling for cancellations of public events to halt the spread of COVID-19, and the NBA has suspended its season after a player tested positive for the virus, but Trump boasted that he would speak to a capacity crowd March 25 in Tampa.
"Via pool, Trump just declared his rally in Florida - which has not been announced for Tampa on March 25 bc aides have tried getting him not to do it - is 'all sold out,'" reported the New York Times' Maggie Haberman.
Via pool, Trump just declared his rally in Florida - which has not been announced for Tampa on March 25 bc aides ha… https://t.co/sbnk0i5ZmW— Maggie Haberman (@Maggie Haberman)1584026107.0
The president's aides have tried to get Trump to postpone or cancel the campaign rally, as Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders have recently done as a precaution -- and he told reporters that it would most likely be cancelled.
"We need some separation until such time as this goes away," Trump said. "It's going to go away."
Asked about campaign rallies, Trump in Oval tells press "we canceled one that we were thinking about doing" in Reno… https://t.co/QW21d8ifi1— Jennifer Jacobs (@Jennifer Jacobs)1584026525.0
Social media users mocked anyone reckless enough to actually attend the rally, if it's not scrapped.
@maggieNYT #DeathCult— Amy 🚨🧑🏽✈️👩🏻⚕️👩🏽🔬👩🏿💻🧑🏼🏫 (@Amy 🚨🧑🏽✈️👩🏻⚕️👩🏽🔬👩🏿💻🧑🏼🏫)1584026185.0
@maggieNYT Jonestown.— larryleclair (@larryleclair)1584026284.0
@maggieNYT A huge gathering of science deniers during a pandemic seems like an excellent way to thin the herd. Best news of the day.— Mark Berger (@Mark Berger)1584026241.0
@maggieNYT At what point does the GOP say enough with this fool?— Dawn White (@Dawn White)1584026158.0
@maggieNYT they sell tickets? I assumed they were free— Jonathan Chait (@Jonathan Chait)1584026304.0
@maggieNYT Elderly obese man plans to get into large crowd.— Mark@228Main.com (@Mark@228Main.com)1584026173.0
@maggieNYT Owning the libs!!!— Yo Semite (@Yo Semite)1584026216.0
@maggieNYT Trump had Pres Brazil at Mar a Lago this pass weekend and he Now, Today tested Positive for Covid-19.. s… https://t.co/YwoLsTEDwk— donna😷🎄 (@donna😷🎄)1584026466.0
@maggieNYT Jesus!!!! Trump was exposed to the virus just last weekend!! This is beyond reckless!— xanadu 🇺🇸 (@xanadu 🇺🇸)1584026489.0
@maggieNYT Donald will never take the test to confirm if he has the virus, subsequently, he will infect many, many… https://t.co/YjmrmPQWlB— George N (@George N)1584026250.0
@maggieNYT I really don’t like Trump and I’m sure I wouldn’t like the people at his rally. BUT I wish for their hea… https://t.co/5jgSXO2U6n— Rosanne 🐩🎄 (@Rosanne 🐩🎄)1584026678.0
@maggieNYT Nice to hear. https://t.co/iA0L9EOS7x— @JOURNOPIXS🎬 (@@JOURNOPIXS🎬)1584026821.0