COVID-19 Is Hitting Republican Voters, Donald Trump’s Advisors Warn
President Donald Trump has downplayed the COVID-19 pandemic and avoided promoting the use of masks and social distancing. Now his advisors are warning him that Republican voters are getting hit with the virus, and they’re saying this approach resonates with him.
Trump is sticking closer to script since his top advisors changed their approach. They’ve been showing the president charts that exhibit spikes in coronavirus cases in Republican states, and explaining to him that these affect “our people.” They’ve also explained to him that surges could be imminent in states that he’s relying on for re-election, including Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, a senior advisor told the Washington Post.
Trump’s own advisors have reportedly given him overly optimistic reports, and his advisors say this makes him distrust reports from scientists, media, and experts who say that this is still a serious situation that needs attention and action. Meanwhile, other top Republicans have started to contradict Trump, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying Monday that the virus won’t go away on its own, and that everyone should be wearing masks.
While Trump raged at North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper for being unwilling to promise that the Republican National Convention could be held without social distancing, he’s now shifted enough to cancel the relocated event. According to NPR, the convention that was moved to Jacksonville, Florida, is ‘mostly canceled.’
In a briefing, Trump said, “I looked at my team and I said the timing for this event is not right. It’s just not right with what’s been happening…there’s nothing more important in our country than keeping our people safe, whether it’s from the China virus or the radical left mob.”
While delegates will still meet (in Charlotte, NC), Trump will not be giving the keynote speech in Jacksonville as planned, and there will not be a ‘full capacity’ convention.