700 People Dead. 30,000 Sick. Trump rallies have taken lives.

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Passed out at Tampa Trump Rally
Medical personnel treating a supporter at Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Researchers at Stanford University have traced 700 deaths and 30,000 COVID-19 cases to Trump rallies. What makes these figures especially tragic is that the victims were often not at the rallies as the study measured the community effects.

CNBC reported, “Researchers looked at 18 Trump rallies held between June 20 and Sept. 22 and analyzed Covid-19 data the weeks following each event. They compared the counties where the events were held to other counties that had a similar trajectory of confirmed Covid-19 cases prior to the rally date. Out of the 18 rallies analyzed, only three were indoors, according to the research.

The researchers found that the rallies ultimately resulted in more than 30,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19. They also concluded that the rallies likely led to more than 700 deaths, though not necessarily among attendees.”

By comparison, Biden’s rallies have been invite-only to limit crowd sizes and use a ‘drive in’ model to keep attendees distanced. One attendee of a Tampa Florida Biden rallies reported that the Biden campaign had team members walking around encouraging supporters to continue social distancing during the rally. No COVID-19 cases have been traced to Biden’s campaign events.

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Download the original report titled, “The Effects of Large Group Meetings on the Spread of COVID-19: The Case of Trump Rallies” by B. Douglas Bernheim, Nina Buchmann, Zach Freitas-Groff, and Sebastian Otero.

“The worst part is that this doesn’t even capture Trump’s many superspreader events on White House grounds or the last five weeks of events across the country. How many more lives have been upended in that time? How many more empty seats are there at kitchen tables across America because of Donald Trump’s ego?” spokesperson Andrew Bates said.

The authors concluded that the rallies increased subsequent cases of COVID-19 by over 250 infections per 100,000 residents. They found that the events led to over 30,000 new cases in the country and likely resulted in over 700 deaths, but recognized that the deaths were “not necessarily among attendees.”
The Hill