Despite what President Donald Trump and his allies may claim, the virus that's killed over 200 thousand Americans has yet to be contained across the country.
Cases are currently spiking in the swing state of Minnesota where health officials connected at least two dozen cases to presidential campaign events by Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
While only one case has been linked to a Biden event, 16 cases have been traced to Trump supporters who attended an outdoor rally for the President in mid September, along with three cases linked to a Duluth rally on September 30 and three more at a September 24 rally featuring Vice President Mike Pence.
While the Biden campaign has largely heeded the advice of health care experts, Trump resumed his infamous rallies as early as June—a sparsely attended rally that health officials in Tulsa, Oklahoma said most likely contributed to a spike in cases seen shortly after.
Both the Trump campaign and the Trump White House have continued to flout CDC guidelines warning against large gatherings and Trump's nomination ceremony for Judge Amy Coney Barrett is now considered a "super spreader" event, with over a dozen cases linked to it.
People admonished the Trump administration's recklessness on the campaign trail.
In movies, when the villain treats their henchmen like garbage and as expendable I've always thought that was unrealistic. Even if you're evil, wouldn't you want to protect your own supporters -- if nothing else, out of self-interest?
I guess not. https://t.co/ykhx8M9vXp
— One rule: you've got to be kind. (@jzb) October 14, 2020
objectively pro-coronavirus https://t.co/AfpomsMOnK
— Dorothy "DC statehood now" Fortenberry (@Dorothy410berry) October 13, 2020
Hey @realDonaldTrump congrats on the murder killings you slackjawed psychopath https://t.co/HdCq4OwhcJ
— bill shankly socialist (@theycallmedubs) October 13, 2020
The President is getting people killed. https://t.co/sGhcJ3KtIY
— J. Holtham (@jholtham) October 13, 2020
Not seeing very many masks in this photo. Such a simple thing. It's so sad to see so many people disregard science and recommendations from professionals who spend their lives trying to protect the public from infectious diseases. https://t.co/qsqvLgd2Yk
— Scott Haley (@OnlyAgNow) October 13, 2020
People weren't surprised that Trump's repeated dismissal of the threat posed by the virus is leading to more cases.
This is the most predictable thing in the whole of human history, and it will dissuade precious few from attending such events in the future. https://t.co/QQsrIMzxq7
— Daniel “scroller of doom" Summers (@WFKARS) October 14, 2020
Trump himself contracted the virus in early October, but claims to have tested negative after three days of treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center.