Trump eyes return to ‘massive rallies’ ahead of November election


President Trump said Wednesday that he hoped to hold “massive” campaign rallies ahead of the November election despite what health experts say is the risk of a renewed outbreak of the coronavirus.

“Hopefully in the not too distant future we’ll have some massive rallies and people will be sitting next to each other,” Trump said at a White House roundtable on the plan the jump-start the economy. “I can’t imagine a rally where you have every fourth seat full, every six seats are empty for every one that you have full. That wouldn’t look too good.”

At his last big rally before social distancing orders took effect, on March 2 in Charlotte, N.C., Trump accused Democrats of politicizing the virus to make him look bad. With the pandemic rewriting the rules of the campaign, Trump used his coronavirus task force briefings to attack his political enemies. But after musing about researching disinfectant injections as a treatment for COVID-19, Trump has substituted roundtable discussions in favor of briefings.

On Wednesday, he made clear that he favored the atmosphere of his rallies.

“I hope that we’re going to be able to do some good, old-fashioned 25,000-person rallies where everyone is going wild because they love our country,” Trump said.

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