CNN's Don Lemon says GOP 'broke the rules' by campaigning during quarantine and praises Dems for 'not doing that'November 5, 2020
CNN’S Don Lemon has claimed the GOP “broke the rules” by continuing to campaign during quarantine.
The network’s anchor also praised the Democrats for “abiding by the rules” during their campaigning.
According to research published by Stanford University scientists, a spike in Covid cases was linked to the rallies.
Trump's rival Joe Biden has been holding much smaller, socially-distanced gatherings and drive-in events because of the pandemic.
That appears to have won the approval of Lemon who suggested to Chris Cuomo the Republican’s tactics could influence the outcome of the election.
“The question is, Chris, during the lockdown, during the quarantine, Republicans and the president’s folks did not stop their on-the-ground efforts to sign up voters, new voters, door knocking, what have you,” said Lemon on Wednesday.
“The Democrats, abiding by the rules, did not do that. It’s going to be interesting to see how that plays into, how that factors into whatever the outcome of this election is.
“We see it playing into the early part of this clearly because at least the polling is off. Maybe that factors into it, I don’t know, but we’ll see over the coming days and weeks.”
Cuomo pushed back a bit on what he described as a “provocative” argument.
“I think that it’s not just about who did what during the lockdown,” he said.
“It was always going to come down to which side wanted to make its point more vigorously, and what we found out was both sides delivered, right?”
The Stanford research also found that Trump's rallies – where most guests don't wear masks and stand close together – resulted in more than 700 virus-related deaths.
Researchers studied Trump rallies that took place from June 20 through September 22 and analyzed the coronavirus data following the events.
Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease expert at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security said the Stanford paper was “suggestive” of spread from the events.
But it wasn’t definitive because it was not based on an investigation of actual cases.
That would help confirm whether participants were exposed to the virus at the event, rather than other places where transmission is rampant.
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