Six people who attended a Trump rally in Duluth have told Reuters they were not concerned about his Covid-19 diagnosis.
“I personally don’t feel like I’m going to be affected by it, I don’t think my dad will be affected by it,” said Daniel Peters, a 28-year-old aerospace industry worker, who attended the rally with his father, who is over 60.
Peters, who plans to vote for Trump for a second time, said he believed the president had done “a decent job” handling the coronavirus crisis. Peters said he did not think the president’s inconsistent mask-wearing was likely to blame for his contracting the virus, citing instead Trump’s busy travel schedule.
Simon Eddy, a 24-year-old engineer who supports Biden for president, said he attended the rally to see what the hype was about. He said he knew he could be exposed to the virus at the crowded event but did not think he could have gotten it from Trump.
“Anyone who went to that event is putting themselves at risk,” Eddy said.
Duluth City Council President Gary Anderson said the rally flew in the face of precautions taken so far by the city, which was early to enact a mask ordinance and had adhered to state guidelines limiting outdoor gatherings to 250 people.
“That was a huge event. There hasn’t been any other event like that in Duluth since the pandemic,” Anderson said. “It is disappointing that President Trump wanted to come here and flouted our state laws and took risks with our own health.”
In New Jersey, some questioned Trump’s decision to go ahead with the fundraiser at his Bedminster golf club on Thursday after staffer Hope Hicks tested positive. Some at the event wore masks while others did not, a source familiar with the event said.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy encouraged those who attended the event to get tested.
“We urge everyone who attended yesterday’s event in Bedminster to take full precautions, including self-quarantining and getting tested for #COVID19,” Murphy wrote on Twitter.