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Trump to hold campaign rallies virtually amid COVID-19 diagnosis



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President Donald Trump will hold campaign rallies virtually amid his diagnosis of the novel coronavirus, according to a statement tweeted by his reelection Campaign’s Director of Press Communications Erin Perrine.

“All previously announced campaign events involving the President’s participation are in the process of being moved to virtual events or are being temporarily postponed,” the statement from Trump’s campaign manager reads. “In addition, previously announced events involving members of the First Family are being temporarily postponed. All other campaign events will be considered on a case-by-case basis and we will make any relevant announcements in the days ahead.”

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will quarantine in the White House as they deal with the Coronavirus. Both, as of right now, are reported to only have minor symptoms, according to the Associated Press.

Regarding Vice President Mike Pence, the statement continues, saying: “Vice President Mike Pence, who has tested negative for COVID-19, plans on resuming his scheduled campaign events. Any further information about the President will come from the White House.”

This is a serious shake-up for Trump’s campaign strategy, which, throughout the pandemic, has featured numerous, large, in-person rallies and events. His campaign has also continued to operate an aggressive door-knocking campaign. Trump being cooped up in the White House for many days will certainly remove him from valuable time on the campaign trail, with 32 days until the election.

Democratic presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), have both tested negative for the virus.

Following the Trumps’ diagnoses, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel have both tested positive for the virus.

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Information emerges on ‘conspiracy-minded former Democratic campaign staffer’ who lit himself on fire outside Trump trial



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As the jury selection for former President Donald Trump’s hush-money trial was being finalized, Max Azzarello set himself on fire Friday afternoon outside the Manhattan courthouse. The event was caught on video by multiple media outlets, and police officers can be seen in the videos dousing Azzarello’s body with a fire extinguisher.

National Review reports on the bizarre occurrence:

Azzarello appears to be a conspiracy-minded former Democratic campaign staffer and operations manager who threw pamphlets into the air before self-immolating that directed bystanders to his Substack blog, “The Ponzi Papers.” Azzarello writes on his Substack of a supposed “totalitarian con” and identifies himself as the man who set himself on fire outside of the Trump courthouse.

Azzarello warns of what he believes to be cryptocurrency ponzi scheme being manipulated by economic elites, most notably tech billionaire Peter Thiel. He claims the government is a “secret kleptocracy” full of financial criminals and highlights The Simpsons as a tool supposedly used by elites to brainwash the American people.

His LinkedIn page features a picture of himself with former president Bill Clinton, a subject of his conspiracy theories, and lists his various marketing and operations positions in politics and tech.



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