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Report: Crowd Camping Out For Trump Rally Include Many Over 65, As Coronavirus Fears Increase

Report: Crowd Camping Out For Trump Rally Include Many Over 65, As Coronavirus Fears Increase

Nicholas ReimannForbes StaffBusinessI’m a news reporter for Forbes, primarily covering the U.S. South.


Many members of the crowd camping outside a venue set to host President Donald Trump’s first rally since the coronavirus pandemic began is made up of people over the age of 65, according to a report—adding concern that a vulnerable population may be putting their health at risk in a city that has become one of the nation’s new epicenters of the coronavirus.

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NORTH CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 28: President Donald Trump appears at a rally on the eve … [+] GETTY IMAGES


According to The Guardian, a crowd of about 70 people are now camping out ahead of Trump’s Saturday rally at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, many of whom are over the age of 65—a demographic the CDC has said is high-risk and should be especially careful about potentially exposing themselves to the coronavirus.

Local elected officials—mostly Trump-supporting Republicans—have expressed concern about Trump holding the rally, and the top public health official in Tulsa has asked Trump’s campaign to postpone the event.

But Trump has continued to hype up the rally, where masks will be optional, claiming Monday that “Almost One Million people” had requested tickets for the rally, which will be held in a 19,000-seat venue.

In a meeting with governors Monday, Trump told Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt that the state was chosen because “you have done so well with the Covid.”

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