After defending his decision to continue holding his beloved re-election campaign rallies earlier this month, President Trump has now begun canceling events and rallies that were previously scheduled for later this month in light of the coronavirus outbreak.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham confirmed the cancelation of Trump events in Colorado and Nevada in a statement Wednesday night, saying that the President made the decision “out of an abundance of caution from the Coronavirus outbreak.”
The Republican Jewish Coalition also issued a statement regarding the cancelation of its Trump event in Las Vegas:
members of the administration, governors, and member of Congress along with 1000s of RJC activists from around the country. We will look for dates in the near future when we can reschedule and when the current health crisis allows.
— RJC (@RJC) March 12, 2020
Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh tweeted Wednesday night that the President’s event scheduled next week in Milwaukee is being postponed.
Out of an abundance of caution because of the coronavirus outbreak, the President’s campaign is postponing the Catholics for Trump event scheduled for March 19th in Milwaukee. It will be rescheduled.
— Tim Murtaugh – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TimMurtaugh) March 12, 2020
When asked earlier this month if holding his re-election campaign rallies is safe, Trump responded that he thinks “it’s very safe.” Trump’s remark came a day after a second fatality in the U.S. from the coronavirus was confirmed. Cases of the virus were also confirmed the weekend before in Florida and New York.
Trump has also accused Democrats of creating a “new hoax” by “politicizing” the outbreak during a campaign rally in South Carolina late last month.