President Trump is looking to use “tele-rallies” drive support amid growing concerns surrounding large crowds and the coronavirus.
According to The Hill:
President Trump held his first “tele-rallies” over the weekend, signaling a shift in campaigning as the coronavirus pandemic has rendered his signature large gatherings impractical.
Trump held virtual rallies targeted at supporters in Wisconsin, Arizona, Michigan and North Carolina across three days, speaking over the phone for roughly 25 minutes in each case. The events were broadcast live on Facebook as the president attempts to reach voters in new ways while in-person campaigning is put on hold.
The president has pushed for a return to normalcy across the country even as the United States recently recorded more than 70,000 new coronavirus cases in one day. But with his shift to virtual campaign events, Trump acknowledged that the rallies were not feasible as many Americans remain cautious about venturing out into large crowds.
“I’d love to be there for a rally. We loved our rallies in Arizona and every place else. And until the COVID is gone it’s a little bit tough. And frankly some of the Democrat governors make it impossible to do a rally anyway,” Trump said in the virtual call for Arizona, a state with a Republican governor that has been among the hardest hit by the virus.
Trump said the crowds for these virtual rallies and town halls are large and he is pleased with them.