WASHINGTON– President Donald Trump is set to resume rallies for his 2020 presidential campaign, campaign manager Brad Parscale announced Tuesday.
“Americans are ready to get back to action and so is President Trump,” Parscale said in a statement. “The great American comeback is real and the rallies will be tremendous. You’ll again see the kind of crowds and enthusiasm that sleepy Joe Biden can only dream of.”
For weeks the president has hinted that he was itching to get back on the campaign trail. “We got to get back to the rallies,” Mr. Trump told reporters in May. “I think it’s going to be sooner rather than later.”
With the election less than five months away, there’s a growing sense of urgency within the Trump campaign to again connect with American crowds, particularly since he has not been able to do so since March when all rallies were called to a halt due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
While locations have yet to be announced, the president has stated he would prefer rallies in reopened arenas and “big, outdoor” venues, suggesting Georgia or Florida as potential locales. “I don’t wanna have a stadium where you’re supposed to have a person, then seven empty seats,” he remarked.
While Trump is likely to face backlash for resuming in-person events while the coronavirus pandemic is still active, his advisers counter that recent massive protests in metropolitan areas have made him more eager than ever to reconnect with the American people.