2020-09-15 15:41:40 UTC
...who is using his supporters as 'sacrificial lambs' for hosting indoor
campaign rallies amid the COVID-19 pandemic
*Carl Bernstein, the former Washington Post journalist who reported alongside
Bob Woodward, called out Trump on Monday for resuming indoor rallies
*Bernstein called Trump a 'homicidal president' who is using his supporters as
*It comes after Trump hosted an indoor rally in Henderson, Nevada, on Sunday
*Trump on Monday also drew hundreds to an indoor event in Phoenix, Arizona that
his campaign advertised as a 'Latinos for Trump roundtable'
*Upcoming rallies scheduled in Wisconsin on Thursday and Minnesota on Friday
will be held in open-air airplane hangars
*Trump has previously made the case that if demonstrators can gather en masse
for protests over racial injustice amid the pandemic, so can his supporters
Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein has slammed Donald Trump as a 'homicidal
president' who is using his supporters as 'sacrificial lambs' by holding indoor
rallies amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bernstein, the former Washington Post journalist who reported alongside Bob
Woodward, called out Trump on Monday night for resuming indoor campaign rallies.
'You're witnessing a homicidal president convening, purposefully, a homicidal
assembly to help him get reelected instead of protecting the health and welfare
of the United States, including supporters whose lives he is willing to
sacrifice,' Bernstein told CNN's Anderson Cooper.
'Here is this president, who has staked part of his presidency on the right to
life, particularly of the unborn, and every day he has sacrificed the lives of
thousands of Americans because he is unwilling to deal honestly, forthrightly,
meaningfully, with the greatest domestic crisis in our post-war history in this
"You're witnessing a homicidal President convening purposefully a homicidal
assembly to help him get reelected," says journalist Carl Bernstein of Pres.
Trump's indoor rallies.
He's called his supporters to be "sacrificial lambs," adds Bernstein. "It's
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'Now we've seen in front of us, tonight, this homicidal assembly that the
president of the United States has called his supporters to be sacrificial
lambs. It's astonishing.'
Bernstein, who went as far as calling Trump's handling of the coronavirus
outbreak 'the most grievous felony' in history, was referring to Trump holding
an indoor campaign rally in Henderson, Nevada, on Sunday night.
The rally was held at the Xtreme Manufacturing warehouse facility where
thousands of supporters gathered to hear Trump speak.
Relatively few people wore masks.
Nevada restricts gatherings to 50 people based on White House reopening
'This is an insult to every Nevadan who has followed the directives, made
sacrifices, and put their neighbors before themselves,' said Nevada's Democratic
Governor Steve Sisolak.
The city of Henderson on Monday announced that it was fining Xtreme
Trump on Monday also drew hundreds of supporters to an indoor event in Phoenix,
Arizona that his campaign advertised as a 'Latinos for Trump roundtable'.
'This is supposed to be a roundtable but it looks like a rally,' he told the
Most in the audience did not wear masks but tables filled with hundreds of
unused masks were at the entrance to the event.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, has consistently refused to criticize
Trump for holding large gatherings in the state, including a packed campaign
event at a Phoenix church in June when Arizona was seeing a surge in COVID-19
'The constitutional rights of Arizonans are going to be protected,' Ducey said.
'The've been protected the entire time. They're nonnegotiable.'
Upcoming rallies in Wisconsin on Thursday and Minnesota on Friday will be held
in open-air airplane hangars. Neither state caps attendance on outdoor events.
Democratic governors and local leaders have urged Trump to reconsider campaign
events, warning that he is putting lives at risk.
But they have largely not tried to block the gatherings of thousands of people,
which Trump and his team have deemed 'peaceful protests' protected by the First
Trump has made the case that if demonstrators can gather en masse for protests
over racial injustice, so can his supporters.
'If you can join tens of thousands of people protesting in the streets, gamble
in a casino, or burn down small businesses in riots, you can gather peacefully
under the 1st Amendment to hear from the President of the United States,' Tim
Murtaugh, a Trump campaign spokesperson, said in a statement.
Trump's campaign has insisted that it takes appropriate health precautions,
including handing out masks and hand sanitizer and checking the temperatures of
those in attendance.
It comes after it emerged last week that Trump had referred to the virus as
'deadly stuff' in a private conversation with Bernstein's former reporting
partner Bob Woodward.
Trump, at the same time, was publicly downplaying the threat of COVID-19. T
Three days after delivering his 'deadly' assessment in a private call with
Woodward, he told a New Hampshire rally on February 10 that 'it's going to be
Trump's acknowledgment in Woodward's new book 'Rage' that he was minimizing the
severity of the virus in public to avoid causing panic has triggered waves of
criticism that he wasn't leveling with the American people.
The president told Woodward on March 19 that he had deliberately minimized the
danger. 'I wanted to always play it down,' the president said. 'I still like
playing it down because I donŽt want to create a panic.'