President Donald Trump officially accepted the Republican party's nomination in a 70 minute speech on the White House's South Lawn in the final hours of the Republican National Convention.
Over a thousand of the President's supporters attended the speech, flouting guidelines from health experts, with few wearing masks and virtually no social distancing to be seen.
The large audience immediately sparked concerns about the potential for spreading the virus that's already killed over 180 thousand Americans and infected millions more.
CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta relayed the answer he got from a Trump administration official after noting these concerns.
It's quite alarming.
According to Acosta, the official said:
"Everybody is going to catch this thing eventually."
Republicans' dismissal of the threat posed by the virus—often exacerbated by the President—has already come under fire for spreading the virus. Trump held his first campaign rally in months back in June, where thousands of his supporters gathered in an indoor arena in Tulsa, Oklahoma with almost no one wearing masks.
Former Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain tested positive days after attending the event. He died from it just over a month later. Tulsa health officials said the rally "likely contributed" to the subsequent spike in virus cases in the city.
As recently as Friday, four Republican National Convention officials tested positive for the virus after in-person RNC events in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Trump official's dismissal seemed, to many, part and parcel of the Trump administration's response to the virus.
The callousness heightened the urgency of voting in the November election.
If everyone in America caught the virus, an estimated 3+ million would die.