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Politics Trump moves Wisconsin rally amid concerns from local officials

00:05  02 october  2020
00:05  02 october  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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During a discussion about the surge in cases and hospitalizations in Wisconsin , Berman quoted from a new coronavirus task force report that warned in stark terms Berman then said it sounded like the task force sounds like it’s “begging” him to cancel the rally given the dire circumstances on the ground.

Mr. Trump is in Wisconsin to stump for embattled Republican Governor Scott Walker, who is seeking his third term. Walker was a Republican darling for launching a war against unions early in his tenure and was considered a presidential frontrunner in the 2016 race -- until he dropped out of the race in

The Trump campaign has moved one of two Wisconsin rallies planned for Saturday amid pushback from local officials who raised concerns about public health risks.

Donald Trump standing in front of a crowd: Trump moves Wisconsin rally amid concerns from local officials © Getty Trump moves Wisconsin rally amid concerns from local officials

The campaign has relocated a rally to Janesville from La Crosse, an official said, citing an issue with the venue in the first location. President Trump is still expected to speak in Green Bay later Saturday.

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The official disputed that the change was related to the coronavirus pandemic, but the shift comes in the face of pressure from local leaders.

"I am concerned. Any time you're going to have that large of an event, and based on what I've witnessed with other rallies by the president, the expectation is going to be no social distancing and very few people wearing masks," Mayor Tim Kabat told The La Crosse Tribune. "So the last thing we need is another spike in cases, we're already in that severe or high risk, and we don't need anymore."

Trump has pressed on holding large campaign rallies even as many states see increases in COVID-19 cases and positivity rates, including Wisconsin. The rallies typically draw hundreds of people who pack closely together, while few of them where masks.

The rallies are generally held outdoors, where experts say the risk of transmission is lower, though this summer Trump held one Nevada rally indoors, violating the state's limit on large gatherings.

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