A North Carolina doctor strongly cautioned his state’s governor from caving in to President Donald Trump’s wishes for a packed Republican National Convention.
The president has threatened to move the RNC this summer from Charlotte if Gov. Roy Cooper did not ease coronavirus restrictions to allow for a full-scale event, but a local physician told WCNC-TV that Trump’s plan was unreasonable.
“What do we know about infections?” said Dr. Jeffrey Galvin, of the Vitality Medical Wellness group. “Infection requires two things, exposure plus time.”
Trump wants to pack 20,000 Republicans, journalists and others into Spectrum Center in August, but Galvin said infected people shed small amounts of the virus every time they breathe.
“Not a huge amount, but a small amount,” he said. “Most of it is going to come out and fall onto my lap.”
That poses a health risk to everyone around an infected person, he said — and a political convention poses a huge risk.
“What is a convention of 20,000 people in the Spectrum Arena?” he said. “Those conventions usually last all day, people are shoulder to shoulder and they’re yelling and screaming. It’s a recipe for disaster, and there’s no way that the state (or any state) can guarantee it.”
Galvin urged Republicans to hold their convention outdoors in a larger space to allow for participants to spread out, and he said a virtual convention would be even safer.
“You have to realize a lot of these people are probably going to be older, so there’s going to be a lot of people with chronic medical problems who are going to be high risk,” Galvin said. “It’s an incredibly bad idea.”
Trump swamped with mockery for postponing his New Hampshire rally over ‘weather’: ‘Afraid of low turnout again? Sad’
Donald Trump took to Twitter to explain that he has postponed his rally in New Hampshire on Saturday due to bad weather despite reports that the area would be fine by the time the campaign event was scheduled to begin.
According to the president, whose last weather-related controversy ended with him using a Sharpie to alter an official National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration map, "With Tropical Storm Fay heading towards the Great State of New Hampshire this weekend, we are forced to reschedule our Portsmouth, New Hampshire Rally at the Portsmouth International Airport at Pease. Stay safe, we will be there soon! #MAGA2020."
Top Dem attorney mocks GOP chair after her ‘lie’ claiming ‘victory’ in mail-in vote case: ‘You dismissed your lawsuit’
A top attorney who represents the DNC on Friday mocked Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel after she falsely claimed the GOP had scored a "major victory" against California Governor Gavin Newsom.
"Um, I don’t know how to break this to you…but you actually dismissed your lawsuit," Marc Elias, who also had served as general counsel to the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign, told McDaniel on Twitter.
Elias also suggested her staff might have been "too afraid" to tell her.
Um, I don’t know how to break this to you…but you actually dismissed your lawsuit. 🙄
‘Mad King Trump’ is ignoring the COVID-19 crisis and ‘a lot more Americans are going to die’: Paul Krugman
In an uncharacteristically blunt column for the New York Times, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman declared President Trump "Mad King Donald" and said his refusal to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously will only lead to more needless deaths for at least the next six months.
Admitting that he feels like Americans, including himself, are trapped on the Titanic he described the president as "a madman who insists on steering straight for the iceberg" and those around him as being too fearful to take the wheel and avert disaster.