Most Trump Rallies Have Led to Increased Coronavirus Cases, CNN Investigation Finds

Most Trump Rallies Have Led to Increased Coronavirus Cases, CNN Investigation Finds

A CNN investigation found that 14 of 17 counties that hosted a rally by President Donald Trump had an increased rate of new coronavirus cases within one month.

The rallies took place in battleground states between August 17 and September 26. After a September 12 rally in Nevada, for instance, the rate of cases in the county grew by 225%, whereas the state as a whole saw a 74% increase.

Another rally in Minnesota saw the infection rate increase by more than 385% one month later.

A recent Stanford study estimated that 18 rallies by the president have led to 30,000 coronavirus cases and 700 deaths.

William Vaillancourt

William Vaillancourt

William Vaillancourt is a writer and editor from New Hampshire whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Progressive, Slate and Areo Magazine, among other places. He holds a BA in Political Science and History from Boston University.