No risk, you’re on your own

There will be no problem with holding a campaign rally during a pandemic. Here, sign this waiver.

Republican lawmakers are downplaying concerns that a Donald Trump indoor rally planned for Tulsa, Oklahoma, for next weekend could contribute to the spread Covid-19, amid an increase in cases in the city.

The Tulsa city-county health department director, Bruce Dart, said he worried the rally could be dangerous for attendees as well as the president.

“I wish we could postpone this to a time when the virus isn’t as large a concern as it is today,” Dart told Tulsa World.

That is, he wishes Trump were not forcing it on them.

James Lankford, a Republican senator from Oklahoma, said on Sunday the rally did not need to be postponed because the increase in coronavirus cases is “a little bit of a bump”.

In fact it is too early to say if the increase is small and temporary.

“Our deaths continue to decline and we encourage people that are high risk not to get involved in any location, whether that be a rally or other higher-risk locations,” Lankford told ABC’s This Week.

“So, high-risk folks need to be able to step back and everybody needs to be able to take responsibility for their own health.”

Ah yes – hold the dangerous rally and then tell the fans to take responsibility for their own health. Come to the rally, and if you get sick you’re own your own, love ya!

The White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said attendees at the rally “must observe the safety guidelines”.

“The social distancing must be observed,” Kudlow told CNN’s State of the Union. “Face coverings in key places must be observed.”

Except by Trump.

The Trump campaign is asking supporters to sign a waiver that makes clear the campaign is not responsible if anyone gets ill from crowding with thousands of others in an enclosed space.

Nicely put. The campaign is not responsible for making people ill by crowding them in with thousands of others in an enclosed space. How do you define “responsible”?

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