WATCH: Doctor Rips Trump Campaign Decision to Have Rally in a “Hot Zone”
Donald Trump, who is facing off against Joe Biden in November, couldn’t wait any longer to hold a rally. The choice to hold the first rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma is curious. The President carried the the by nearly 37% and it doesn’t look to be close in 2020.
Oklahoma is also having issues with a spike in COVID-19 cases. 222 new cases were recorded on Friday, the state’s highest total yet. During an recent appearance on CNN, Dr. Jonathan Reiner ripped the Trump campaign for the decision to hold the rally and their mixed message about safety.
Dr. Reiner, who once served as Dick Cheney’s cardiologist, told Erin Burnett, “The White House has really an irreconcilable conflict of interest.”
He continued, “The president is running for re-election and they have to pretend that we’re moving back to normal. And if the president or vice president is seen wearing a mask in public, that looks decidedly abnormal. It’s a conflict of interest. How dare the president or the vice president go into a crowd and not promote the use of masks.”
Burnett followed by asking, “What do you say about the campaign rallies?”
Dr. Reiner answered:
“I think if the risk is low and if it’s safe to gather in large numbers at a political rally I would just challenge the president to drop that disclaimer, drop that proviso to the attendees. Why is the president asking attendees to assume a risk? Look, the CDC today issued guidance on large gatherings, and they warned about it. Tulsa is a place which actually today had a record number of cases. So, the president is holding a rally in a hot zone. That’s how you propagate the pandemic.”
Watch the interview below, courtesy of CNN:
"If the risk is low, and if it's safe to gather in large numbers at a political rally, I would just challenge the President to drop that disclaimer." – Dr. Reiner, former WH medical adviser, on the Trump campaign saying it can't be held liable if rally attendees contract Covid-19 pic.twitter.com/SSAL9QCI0n
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