Donald Trump Says Weather Forces Rally Cancellation — After Police Chief Calls It ‘Biological Warfare’

Donald Trump has canceled a rally scheduled to take place in New Hampshire. He says that the impending tropical storm has forced his hand. However, Portsmouth Police Commissioner Stefany Shaheen called the event an act of biological warfare — and many skeptics don’t think that Trump’s cancellation was due to weather, but a reaction to the virus.

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TULSA, OKLAHOMA – JUNE 20: U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at a campaign rally at the BOK Center, June 20, 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Trump is holding his first political rally since the start of the coronavirus pandemic at the BOK Center today while infection rates in the state of Oklahoma continue to rise. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Trump tweeted Friday to say that the event in Portsmouth was canceled, due to tropical storm Fay approaching the state. However, CNN White House correspondent Jeremy Diamond noted that the storm isn’t actually expected to have a severe effect on New Hampshire, and that forecasts don’t predict even rain during the afternoon, when the rally was actually scheduled.

According to The Intellectualist, Police Commissioner Sheehan said the rally would have been an act of biological warfare, when New Hampshire is one of only three states that is currently seeing a decline in cases. She suggested the rally, a “super-spreader event,” would undo the efforts of citizens who have been wearing masks, keeping social distance, and washing and sanitizing.

When Trump held his Tulsa rally, after weeks with no major campaign events, crowd sizes were significantly smaller than expected, and COVID-19 made appearances to further tarnish the event.

Combined with the criticism that was already being rained on the New Hampshire rally, Political Flare notes, this all drives speculation among Trump’s critics that perhaps the cancellation is really more about the pandemic, and the effect that fear of contagions has on crowd sizes, rather than the weather.

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