President Trump: "Is there ever a better place to be than a Trump rally?" pic.twitter.com/pWCrDXSQLg— The Hill (@thehill) October 17, 2020
Just another normal week in TrumpWorld.
Tuesday, October 27
Hundreds of attendees at a rally in Nebraska were left stranded at 9 PM and forced to walk almost four miles in the dark when the buses which had brought them from the parking lot to the rally site did not show up to take them back.
Seven people were taken to hospital for hypothermia and a total of 30 people needed medical attention, including several elderly people, an electric wheelchair user, and a family with small children. The temperature was barely above freezing, and with wind chill it was 27.
Almost 90 minutes after Trump flew off in Air Force One, CNN's Jeff Zeleny overheard an Omaha police officer request "at least 30 more buses". (The Trump campaign blamed "local road closures" because of course they did.)
According to Omaha Scanner (a local news outlet):
Officers who do not have an assignment are going around to parking lots to pick up stranded people and attempt to locate their vehicles. Airport maintenance vehicles also assisting. . . .
One officer advising 8 to 9 elderly people who are struggling. Separate officer advising they have located an elderly party who is frozen cold unable to move with an altered mental status.
Officers requesting incident command find a warehouse or somewhere for people to stop to warm up who are walking to their cars.
Rex Huppke of the Chicago Tribune tweeted:
If you aren't paying attention to this absolute shitshow in Omaha in the wake of Trump's rally, you should be. . . . This is Trump in a nutshell.
Wednesday, October 28
Seventeen people at a Trump rally in Tampa, Florida, needed medical attention from the heat, after standing for hours packed together (most attendees did not wear masks) in the heat.
At least 12 people were sent to hospital; one fainted and another suffered a seizure. Reports stated that at one point a fire truck sprayed water in the air to rain down on some rallygoers.
It’s so hot here in Tampa (87 degrees) that there’s a truck blasting water at the back of the Trump rally crowd. Multiple people have passed out already, with supporters calling for medics every 5-10 minutes. pic.twitter.com/Iu7I2KbgYi— Monica Alba (@albamonica) October 29, 2020
Thursday, October 29
Trump held 17 rallies between August 17 and September 26. It was reported today that the host counties had an increased rate of new Covid-19 cases one month after 14 of the 17 rallies. In a majority of those 14 counties, infection rates had been declining in the month before the rally.
Cases in Minden, Nevada, skyrocketed by 225% after Trump's September 12 rally, compared to 74% in the rest of the state. Rates of infection increased by 385% in Bemidji, Minnesota, one month after Trump's September 18 rally.
Another analysis, by the Center for American Progress (CAP) revealed that county-level increases in Covid-19 cases followed at least 11 of 22 Trump campaign rallies held between June and September.
Thomas Waldrop, policy analyst at CAP and co-author of the report:
By virtually any standard, Trump's rallies ignore every public health recommendation to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. They involve thousands of people, packed closely together, with few people wearing masks and no attempts at social distancing.
Emily Gee, a health economist at CAP and co-author of the analysis:
The president and his team have flouted the rules at every turn. These rallies offer a boost to the president's ego but risk leaving behind a trail of sickness and increased strain on local public health departments and medical systems.
Friday, October 30
The United States reports more than 100,000 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day total of any country on earth. That capped a week in which the US set and reset a new single-day record four times. The announcement of 100,000 new cases came two days after the White House sent out a press release touting Trump's first-term accomplishments, which included "Ending the COVID-19 Pandemic".
Saturday, October 31
Trump rally attendees were left stranded AGAIN!
CNN's DJ Judd:
It’s 41° for those wondering. https://t.co/jk4B24ecJS— DJ Judd (@DJJudd) November 1, 2020
It's both hard to believe and completely believable.
Herd mentality pic.twitter.com/5Ht7iysNz2— 🦦Marie-Caroline🦥 🏴☠️ (@NoWay7790) November 1, 2020
Another group of researchers, from Stanford University, looked at 18 Trump rallies between June 20 and September 22 (15 outdoors, 3 indoors).
They calculated those rallies led to more than 30,000 cases and at least 700 deaths (that would not have occurred if the campaign events had not taken place), according to today's report in the Los Angeles Times.
Trump rallies are still mainly dangerous for being superspreader events. But too hot or too cold, the death cult has herd mentality. No social distancing and few masks. This animation is from Trump's Omaha rally. pic.twitter.com/oMHdBlZOss— Ace Hoffman #BLM Wear a mask & keep your distance! (@AceHoffman) October 29, 2020
Trump is scheduled to hold 11 rallies in the final 48 hours before polls close on Tuesday night.