New Hampshire’s GOP Governor Defends Trump’s Rally But Doesn’t Plan To Attend

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Artivia Tahir

The governor of New Hampshire has defended Trump's rally in the state but says he won't attend due to health concerns

Governor of New Hampshire Chris Sununu (R) announced that President Trump’s upcoming rally in the state could be done safely and without a mandatory mask order, even though he was personally unlikely to attend, according to CNN.

  • He told reporters:

"We've treated all gatherings in the state, from the time the pandemic began to today, the same, whether they were the Black Lives Matter protests, whether there were protests on the statehouse lawn, whether it's a political rally, whatever it is, everyone's always treated the same. So to have a mask order for one and not the other isn't fair, doesn't make sense."

  • He cited health concerns as his reasoning for avoiding the rally:

"I'm going to go and greet the President as the governor. I will not be in the crowd of thousands of people, I'm not going to put myself in the middle of a crowd of thousands of people, if that's your question specifically. I try to -- unfortunately, you know, I have to be extra cautious as the governor, I try to be extra cautious for myself, my family."

  • Sununu also said he hoped everyone would wear masks and “expressed confidence that Trump's campaign would take necessary steps to ensure safety at the rally.”
  • In an email, the Trump campaign announced that there would be “ample access” to hand sanitizer and while attendees would be “strongly encouraged to wear” face masks, they have not indicated that they would be required.

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