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AP: Trump’s election night party a SuperSpreader
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: November 08, 2020 05:32PM
Trump’s election night party adds to virus scrutiny
[apnews.com]

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was supposed to be a scene of celebration.

Instead, the Trump campaign’s election night watch party in the White House East Room has become another symbol of President Donald Trump’s cavalier attitude toward a virus that is ripping across the nation and infecting more than 100,000 people a day.

Polls suggest that attitude was a serious drag on the president’s reelection bid as voters chose to deny Trump a second term in favor of his Democratic rival, now President-Elect Joe Biden. And the party — with few masks and no social distancing — is now under additional scrutiny after the president’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, became the latest top White House official to contract the virus, which has now killed more than 237,000 people in the U.S. alone.

The White House has repeatedly refused to say who else has tested positive, even as the virus continues to spread. The latest White House cluster, coming just a month after Trump’s own diagnosis and hospitalization, includes a top Trump campaign official as well as a handful of undisclosed White House staff, officials said.

The White House has been increasingly secretive about outbreaks. Many White House and campaign officials, as well as those who attended the election watch party, were kept in the dark about the diagnoses, unaware until they were disclosed by the press.

That the virus would continue to spread in the White House — even though senior staff and those who come into close contact with the president and vice president are frequently tested — has come as no surprise to public health officials who have balked at the White House’s lax approach.
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Meadows in particular has long tried to play down the severity of the virus. He rarely wore a mask in public, except during the period immediately following Trump’s infection. At one point, he refused to speak to reporters on Capitol Hill after they requested he wear a mask.

He was again without one during Tuesday evening’s East Room event, where more than 100 of Trump’s most loyal supporters gathered to watch the election results come in and see him deliver what they had hoped would be a victory speech.

It was a festive atmosphere, with half-empty glasses of wine and other beverages strewn across cocktail tables in front of news cameras. Meadows, who spent time with Trump’s family before-hand, was seen working the room, including giving several fist-bumps to those in attendance, before Trump took the stage early Wednesday morning.

While everyone who attended the East Room event had been tested in advance for the virus, there was no social distancing and minimal mask-wearing.

Earlier that day, Meadows had also accompanied the president to his campaign’s headquarters in Virginia, where Trump received rousing cheers from several dozen staff and volunteers. Meadows did not wear a mask, nor did other White House staffers. Campaign aides largely did.

If Meadows tested positive Wednesday — as Bloomberg News reported — he would likely have been infectious during both events, said Saskia Popescu, an epidemiologist who teaches at George Mason University.

Meadows had also traveled with Trump in the run-up to Election Day, attending dozens of rallies where he was frequently seen interacting with supporters without masks.
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The latest outbreak came less than two weeks after several aides to Vice President Mike Pence, including his chief of staff, tested positive for the virus. And it came a month after Trump, first lady Melania Trump and at least two dozen others tested positive after Trump held large gatherings of people not wearing facemasks, including the ceremony announcing the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
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Re: AP: Trump’s election night party a SuperSpreader
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 08, 2020 05:41PM
It can’t come soon enough.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: AP: Trump’s election night party a SuperSpreader
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: November 08, 2020 05:42PM
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Re: AP: Trump’s election night party a SuperSpreader
Posted by: CJsNvrUrly
Date: November 08, 2020 05:46PM
Why the switch from a red hat to white?




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Re: AP: Trump’s election night party a SuperSpreader
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: November 08, 2020 05:51PM
White is traditionally the color of surrender.
In Hinduism white is the symbolic color of death .
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Re: AP: Trump’s election night party a SuperSpreader
Posted by: samintx
Date: November 08, 2020 05:56PM
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Steve G.
White is traditionally the color of surrender.
In Hinduism white is the symbolic color of death .

And Suffragettes
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Re: AP: Trump’s election night party a SuperSpreader
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: November 08, 2020 06:02PM
I hope Biden's team sends in fumigators and gives it a couple of weeks before moving into the White House. Maybe work out of offices near the Capitol for awhile.



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