President Donald Trump’s rally in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, appeared to be a “super spreader” event with his followers “packed like sardines,” according to one observer.
NBC News journalist Garrett Haake noted that only about 10 percent of attendees were wearing safety masks even though COVID-19 cases and deaths are increasing in North Carolina, reports The News & Observer.
Hello from Winston-Salem, NC where hundreds await @realDonaldTrump at an outdoor rally. Attendees have their temperature checked as they arrive, & signs encourage mask-wearing. I’d say ~10% are wearing masks. No distancing to speak of. Outdoor events in NC are capped at 50 people pic.twitter.com/zKKMQa61v4— Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) September 8, 2020
CNN journalist Ryan Nobles said that Trump’s rally violated the state’s coronavirus rules.
This event is in violation of NC’s mass gathering restrictions. The Trump campaign has ignored those orders.— Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles) September 8, 2020
The President opens his remarks by saying:
“Your State should be open by the way.”
He follows up by predicting:
“All these states closed will be open after Election Day.” pic.twitter.com/wMHUPH65v7