When President Trump visited two states that have seen strong spikes in Covid-19 cases, he did not talk about the rising rates there or what the government could do to contain the increases observed nationwide.
Trump went to Michigan – where there were more than 2,000 cases a day on Thursday and Friday, the highest daily case rates yet – and to Wisconsin, which set records for its case numbers this week. Friday was the sixth highest case since the pandemic began.
At both rallies and in line with its previous events, thousands of participants did not wear masks. Those selected by the campaign to sit directly behind the president at both events to be included as part of the president’s televised images were seen wearing Trump masks. None of the events showed social distancing.
Trump’s speeches were on familiar topics. The president claimed the nation needs to open up, China is responsible for the virus, and he has recovered quickly. He also pointed out his immunity to the virus, although it is not known if this is medically correct.
In Janesville, Wisconsin, Trump again falsely insisted that the nation was “going around the corner” even as it was heading for a third surge in some cases. “You will see. We are around the corner,” he said. A vaccine for the virus is close, Trump claimed, “except for a little politics.” There is no proof Political machinations have slowed this progress towards a vaccine.
Trump told his followers how some states had seen spikes before but are now heading in the right direction: “My plan is going to destroy the virus and make Wisconsin bigger than ever, that’s going to happen. It will be quick. ”
He also falsely blamed Democrats for reports of increases that actually came from non-partisan universities.
During the rally in Muskegon, Michigan, he blamed the pandemic for his current political standing without citing any evidence. “You know, we went up so much that this thing wouldn’t even be an option, and then the plague came in. You know, that was, I had to work on this stuff again.”
Trump spoke about his recovery at both rallies. “Hey I’m here! I’m here. Right?” he told the crowd in Michigan.