With Trump set to gather his supporters at an election event in Wisconsin again Tuesday, a coalition of doctors has asked him in the name of public health to stop holding rallies:
Doctors in Wisconsin are calling on President Donald Trump not to hold rallies with large crowds because of coronavirus concerns ahead of a scheduled rally on Tuesday in West Salem, Wisconsin.
The Trump campaign replied with the signature sensitivity that has characterized its concerns for 8.7 million American pandemic victims and 226,000 of them who have already dropped dead:
“If people can protest in the streets, if people can gamble in casinos, if people san [sic] riot and burn down buildings then certainly people can gather peacefully under the first amendment to hear from the President of the United States,” said Tim Murtaugh, director of communications for Trump's 2020 campaign.
For the record, La Crosse County has reported more than 4,200 cases of COVID-19
and 290 new cases in the last seven days - while in those seven days the county's death toll jumped by a third from 15 to 20, according to the latest data compiled by The New York Times.
Additionally, USA Today has reported that COVID-19 cases jumped in at least counties which hosted Trump rallies, and Marathon County, Wisconsin is on the list:
The president has participated in nearly three dozen rallies since mid-August, all but two at airport hangars. A USA TODAY analysis shows COVID-19 cases grew at a faster rate than before after at least five of those rallies in the following counties: Blue Earth, Minnesota; Lackawanna, Pennsylvania; Marathon, Wisconsin; Dauphin, Pennsylvania; and Beltrami, Minnesota.
But, again, the Trump campaign knows better about these matters than do doctors, excluding, of course, those at Walker Reed Medical Center who 'cured' Trump of COVID-19 with a regimen of medications not available to the average COVID-19 sufferer