President Donald Trump addresses a rally on the South Lawn of the White House on October 10, 2020.
President Donald Trump used his first public speech following his hospitalization for Covid-19 to deliver a pitch to Black and Latinx voters. In a speech delivered from a balcony overlooking the White House South Lawn, the president repeatedly touted his support for law enforcement and for investment in Black businesses in a 15-minute speech.
Many supporters were dressed in blue shirts for the Blexit DC Back the Blue event, where they were packed in close together flouting social distancing and not wearing masks.
After the Blexit rally, attendees shared food, passing round pizza stoking more concerns of spreading the virus.
Many then headed to The White House for Trump’s first public event since he vowed to get back on the campaign trail on his release from hospital.
More than 2,000 invitations were sent out to Trump supporters requesting their attendance at the South Lawn event, fueling concerns over yet another coronavirus outbreak originating at the seat of the US government.
Officials told reporters the rally is an ‘official event’ not a campaign event and no campaign staff are involved.