Trump Camp Says Supporters Are ‘Strongly Encouraged’ To Wear Masks At Upcoming Rally

Merchandise vendors wear masks while selling campaign gear during a rally for President Donald Trump at the BOK Center on June 20, 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The Trump campaign on Sunday took a small step toward attempting to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at one of President Donald Trump’s upcoming rallies.

In its announcement of an outdoor rally scheduled for Saturday at Portsmouth International Airport in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the campaign urged supporters to wear masks at the event.

“There will be ample access to hand sanitizer and all attendees will be provided a face mask that they are strongly encouraged to wear,” the campaign stated in its announcement.

The recommendation marks a modest increase in the Trump campaign’s virtually nonexistent protective measures against the virus. Barely any supporters wore masks at Trump’s last rally in Phoenix, Arizona, less than two weeks ago, nor did the campaign hold temperature checks as it had promised prior to the event.

The President himself has infamously eschewed health officials’ recommendation to wear facial coverings when out in public. He has also falsely claimed on numerous occasions that the virus is “going away.”

It is unclear whether Trump will wear a mask at his upcoming rally in Portsmouth. The campaign did not immediately respond to TPM’s query.

As with previous rallies, the event’s registration page requires attendees to agree to not hold the Trump campaign legally responsible if they become infected with COVID-19.

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

Latest News
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: