“Americans are ready to get back to action and so is President Trump. The great American comeback is real and the rallies will be tremendous,” Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement on June 8.
Parscale asserted that crowds at Trump rallies will far surpass those of Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Trump’s campaign advisers are still figuring out details, such as where the rallies will take place and what safety measures to require of attendees amid the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic. Parscale will provide Trump with a number of venue options within the next week.
Trump hasn’t held a campaign rally since March 2 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The CCP virus prompted the majority of U.S. states that month to implement lockdowns and stay-at-home orders. However, Trump has shown his eagerness to reopen the nation for business, and he has visited certain states in recent weeks.
The Trump administration in mid-April unveiled a three-phase set of guidelines titled “Opening Up America Again,” intended for state and local officials to refer to in “reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives.”
The guidelines sought to help ease restrictions in areas of the country where the transmission rate of the CCP virus is low, while maintaining the restrictions in areas of higher rates of transmission.
Prior to the CCP virus pandemic, Trump rallies traditionally drew tens of thousands of people to arenas or outdoor amphitheaters.
Trump announced last week that he was “forced to seek another state” to host the 2020 Republican National Convention, after North Carolina wouldn’t guarantee that the event could be held without restrictions due to the virus. A spokesperson for the state’s governor, Roy Cooper said at the time that Trump wanted “a full convention arena with no face coverings and no social distancing.”
Trump is set to resume campaign fundraisers this week, with smaller high-dollar events in Dallas and at his private club in New Jersey. The roughly two dozen attendees at each fundraiser will be administered CCP virus tests before being allowed to enter the events.
For most people, the CCP virus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.