Even though his own White House Coronavirus Task Force has urged the increase of social distancing in Wisconsin "to the maximal degree possible," President Donald Trump has scheduled large campaign rallies this weekend in the battleground state, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.
The task force lists Wisconsin as the state with the third-highest rate of new cases in the country, more than two and a half times the national average. The metropolitan areas where the rallies with thousands of people are to take place — La Crosse and Green Bay — are labeled as coronavirus "red zones," the highest level of alert.
According to the task force report, "During the intense period of viral surge, large numbers of acutely infected individuals caused exponential growth in infections. Although young adults are the most affected group currently, spread to other age groups is inevitable."
During Tuesday's presidential debate, Trump defended his rallies, saying there has been "no negative effect" from them, even though Tulsa health officials said an increase in coronavirus cases was "likely" sparked by an indoor rally the president held in June.
Trump has largely dismissed recommendations on mitigation and against holding mass gatherings during the pandemic, mocking such efforts as little more than political attempts by Democrats to show him in a bad light.
Biden said during the debate that Trump has been "totally irresponsible" and "a fool" in the way he has handled social distancing and masks and held large rallies, to which the president responded, "If you could get the crowds, you would have done the same thing. But you can't. Nobody can."
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