June 15, 2020
Many Trump supporters are so zealous that they say they’d walk through fire for him. But would they expose themselves to something equally as dangerous–COVID-19?
That’s what they are being asked to do next Friday night, when the president presides over his first rally in nearly three months in Tulsa. In fact, Trump is demanding that members of his loyal base insulate his campaign from accountability by signing a liability waivers for COVID-19, if they want to attend the June 19 event, Roll Call reports.
“By clicking register below, you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present,” the online registration form for the public says. “By attending the Rally, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.; BOK Center; ASM Global; or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury.”
The White House and congressional Republicans are focusing on including limitations on liability for coronavirus-related claims in any economic aid package. It was not immediately clear how that might apply to political campaigns.
But MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, the host of Morning Joe, spelled out the possible consequence of attending Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa amid the coronavirus pandemic by taking to his Twitter feed to rewrite the liability waiver for fans wanting tickets.
The coronavirus has killed more than 116,000 people nationwide, and at least 14 states are experiencing a surge of new cases following the easing of restrictions.
Scarborough expanded on the waiver on Friday’s broadcast, which he co-hosts with his wife Mika Brzezinski, saying, “Donald Trump is standing alone more and more every single day on this issue of race.”
Research contact: @rollcall