President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign continues to flout health guidelines and local COVID-19 regulations.
On Tuesday evening, Trump is scheduled to deliver remarks in Winston-Salem, North Carolina — where a large crowd has already gathered.
NBC News correspondent Garrett Haake estimated that approximately 10% of attendees were wearing masks and that there was “no distancing to speak of.” He noted the event was exceeding North Carolina rules against gatherings with more than 50 people.
Hello from Winston-Salem, NC where hundreds await @realDonaldTrump at an outdoor rally. Attendees have their temperature checked as they arrive, & signs encourage mask-wearing. I’d say ~10% are wearing masks. No distancing to speak of. Outdoor events in NC are capped at 50 people pic.twitter.com/zKKMQa61v4
— Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) September 8, 2020
Here are some of the images from the event:
Your super spreader event in NC. That county has 25% African American population. Can you find any here? pic.twitter.com/xYTH4xxMFf
— SriTal (@SrikanthTalagad) September 8, 2020
We are in Winston-Salem, NC where President Trump is kicking off a rally.
He walked along the crowd line from Air Force One to the stage. Notably keeping a 6 ft distance from the crowd. pic.twitter.com/aH4VD89BJ6
— Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles) September 8, 2020
— Brittany (@atlas_adventure) September 8, 2020
— Clay Naylor (@claynaylor1) September 8, 2020
The crowd is packed like sardines, no masks, no social distancing for Trump North Carolina rally.
Trump is #TheChiefSuperSpreader
He should be held accountable in war crimes court. He will get people killed. Sturgis was not a clue?
— John Giovanni Pierni (@jpierni) September 8, 2020
Trump made an ‘implicit threat of violence’ when he refused to say he’d leave peacefully: CNN’s Berman
CNN's John Berman on Thursday accused President Donald Trump of implicitly threatening the use of violence if he loses the 2020 presidential election.
While discussing Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transition of power should he lose the 2020 election, Berman said that this was the kind of thing he'd expect to hear from leaders in foreign countries without long traditions of upholding democracy.
"To be clear, the refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer in and of itself is an implicit threat of violence," he said.
Here’s how Trump intends to create ‘chaos and deadlock’ to steal the election from voters
The author of a new piece outlining how President Donald Trump could steal the election from voters explained just how that might happen.
The Atlantic's Barton Gellman revealed the Trump campaign is exploring a strategy to pressure Republican-led state legislatures to appoint electors, instead of letting voters choose, and he told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" how that would work in practice.
"The only other time in history we had a debacle like this with possibility of the multiple competing slates of electors where two groups of people said, 'I'm the state elector for the state of Pennsylvania,' for example, it's supposed to go to Congress," Gellman said. "Congress is supposed to decide who are the legitimate electors, if any, from the state, and the problem is the electorate count act is one of the most garbled statutes ever passed by Congress, which is saying a lot."
‘I have to leave for an emergency phone call’: Trump splits from his own press conference for a ‘big call’
President Donald Trump was late for his 6:00 PM press conference and literally left in the middle for an "emergency" phone call.
"I have to leave for an emergency phone call," Trump told reporters in the White House press briefing room. As he tried to leave one reporter peppered him with spot-on questions about this afternoon's decision by a grand jury to not charge any of the three Louisville police officers for the killing of Breonna Taylor.
Asked what the call was about, Trump replied, "I have a big call."
Wow. Trump says he has to take "an emergency phone call" and walks away while ignoring a reporter's shouted question about what his message is to people who are upset over Breonna Taylor's killing pic.twitter.com/EWsjJOGwsg