Trump Defies Coronavirus Safety Guidelines To Woo Latino Voters In Arizona

Sep 15, 2020

Demonstrators supporting and opposing President Trump gathered outside a resort in Ahwatukee, Arizona, yesterday where he held a campaign event to court Latino voters.

Supporters react as President Donald Trump speaks at a Latinos for Trump Coalition roundtable at Arizona Grand Resort & Spa, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Ahwatukee, AZ
Credit AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Trump addressed an indoor crowd of mostly mask-less supporters, defying state emergency orders and his administration’s coronavirus guidelines as he holds rallies in battleground states. Arizona was long a Republican stronghold but Democrats have made inroads and it is now a top battleground. Democratic governors and local leaders in other states where Trump is campaigning during the pandemic have urged the president to reconsider the events, warning that he’s putting lives at risk. Trump and his team liken the gatherings to “peaceful protests” protected by the First Amendment.