Iowans worried trump rally could spread coronavirus

Brett Bachtle
Updated: October 14, 2020 06:07 PM
Created: October 14, 2020 05:37 PM

(ABC 6 News) - After recovering from COVID-19, President Trump is picking up his heavy travel schedule, on Wednesday, holding a campaign rally in Des Moines.

Iowa has become a battleground state in the 2020 election. Though Trump won Iowa in 2016, polls show Biden is gaining momentum. Thousands are expected to gather in support of the president at his rally.


Though doctors say Trump can no longer transmit COVID-19, some Iowans are concerned that the crowds at the event could be a super spreader for the virus.

"It's dangerous for people and I just don't think they should do it. I think it's a bad idea with the virus going on and people packed together. I don't like it," said Forest City resident Larry Tincher.

"I don't think he should be having any rallies because he doesn't follow the rules of our COVID epidemic. It's awful and his people don't understand. They don't wear masks," said another north Iowan. " I have been a republican all my life, but not this year. I can't vote for someone like that."

Those in support of the president and his campaigning say they don't see the difference between the crowds at his rallies and crowds downtown.

"To be honest, there's a crowd down here everyday," said Mason City resident Angela Marcum.

"There's all kinds of stuff going on downtown that people are gathering for still. I don't really feel like it's that much different," said Tori Bowyer of Mason City.

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