Trump campaign set to hold rally in New Hampshire
President Donald Trump is heading to the battleground state of New Hampshire for his second campaign rally this summer, the campaign announced on Sunday. The rally will be held on Saturday, July 11, at Portsmouth International Airport. Unlike the president’s event last month in Tulsa, this will be an outdoor event.
“We look forward to so many freedom-loving patriots coming to the rally and celebrating America, the greatest country in the history of the world,” Trump campaign national press secretary Hogan Gidley said.
Trump won the New Hampshire primaries in a landslide during the 2016 presidential nomination which many experts credit for launching his successful campaign. He went on to lose the state by less than 3,000 votes in the general election to Democrat Hilary Clinton.
The president’s campaign will again have personal protective equipment on hand for his rally including face masks which the campaign is now strongly encouraging to be used.
“There will be ample access to hand sanitizer and all attendees will be provided a face mask that they are strongly encouraged to wear,” said Gidley.
Trump took heat for his event in Tulsa, OK where virtually no attendees were wearing masks and multiple campaign staffers later tested positive for COVID-19. The event drew a far smaller group than expected but the president pushed back saying millions were watching online and on Fox News.
“Fox had its best Saturday night ratings in nearly 25 years,” said Trump after the event.
The coronavirus hasn’t impacted New Hampshire as much as it has other states. Rockingham County, which includes Portsmouth, has reported fewer than 1,500 confirmed cases and fewer than 10 new cases daily.
The campaign’s website is again issuing a disclaimer for attendees.
“In attending the event, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19, and waive, release, and discharge Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. from any and all liability,” that website reads.
Public health officials continue to advise against large crowds but are a bit more receptive to events held outdoors. Many senior Republican officials had pleaded with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to consider an outdoor event in Tulsa as well but had no luck.
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