Dr. Fauci: “Personally, I Would Not” Go To A Trump Rally

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Fauci: “outside is better than inside, no crowd is better than crowd” and “crowd is better than big crowd.”

In an interview with the Daily Beast, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that “personally,” he would not attend one of President Donald J. Trump’s rallies.

I'm in a high risk category. Personally, I would not. Of course not.

He added that for any such rally, “outside is better than inside, no crowd is better than crowd” and “crowd is better than big crowd.”

  • Trump plans to hold a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 20. Another rally is planned for Phoenix, Arizona. The Beast notes that both cities are experiencing “new or recurring outbreaks.”
  • Fauci also noted that he was concerned by images he had seen of “people congregating in bars, with no masks.”
  • Fauci expressed that his experience with COVID-19 was different compared to other public health crises he has faced. He said politicization of the virus has made his work more difficult.

Fauci said,

There’s more back-and-forth… people of different political stripes that are taking shots at each other. I don't think it's more disinformation. It is just a situation of hoping that people would all be pulling together as opposed to, you know, being at odds with each other.

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