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As virus surges, Trump rallies keep packing in thousands

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Posted at 10:13 PM, Oct 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-29 22:13:23-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's campaign rallies are among the nation's biggest events held in defiance of coronavirus-related crowd restrictions.

The president's rallies regularly cram supporters together — with masks optional and social distancing frowned upon.

Public health experts say Trump is setting the wrong example at a time when greater precautions are urgently needed. The U.S. posted a record high number of new infections last week — nearly 500,000.

By contrast, Democrat Joe Biden has shunned rallies and instead holds online and drive-in events where people honk their horns to show support. He calls the Trump rallies “super-spreader events.”