President Donald Trump visited the Pitt-Greenville Airport on Oct. 15 as a part of his ongoing Make America Great Again rallies before Election Day in two weeks.
After his positive COVID-19 diagnosis on Oct. 2, Trump returned to the White House three days later from his hospital visit to continue on with his presidential duties. Yet, Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests for people who are exposed or tested positive for COVID-19 to quarantine for 14 days.
At the rally, Trump spoke on issues regarding his COVID-19 diagnosis and his time spent in the hospital being treated. Trump said America has therapeutic and drugs that can help fight complications associated with COVID-19.
We, the editorial staff of The East Carolinian, believe that Trump holding a rally after his COVID-19 diagnosis and not taking the proper time to quarantine was irresponsible. Many who attended the rally wore masks in order to gain entry, but took off their masks or wore it around their neck as soon as they entered. No social distancing was enforced at the event, and a crowd of thousands attended.
Trump denounced journalists at the rally and referred to the media as “fake news” as the crowd booed at the journalists that were present at the rally. Journalists play a big part of society in order to get the news out to Americans. It is journalists’ goal to be credible and unbiased while reporting all of the facts.
Trump should’ve quarantined the suggested amount enforced by the CDC before he returned to his “Make America Great Again” tour. Although Trump claimed he had overcome the virus, he could have still risked the COVID-19 exposure to the people who were present in the rally and was not wearing a mask.