McSally Clings to Trump Train as Arizona Becomes COVID ‘Nightmare’
Shawn Thew / AP
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump's insistence that his campaign start again with massive rallies will take him to the heart of the state, with one of the highest increases in new COVID-19 infections in the country.
In addition to the well-documented health risks of a crowded indoor event in a state where more than 2,500 new cases of the disease caused by the novel corona virus were not announced until Thursday, the president appeared at a "Students for Trump" event on March 23 June threatens the health of not only Arizona voters, but also the reelection chances of one of his strongest allies - who may not even be present.
Senator Martha McSally, who is seeking re-election to serve the rest of Senator John McCain's term, is already facing some of the greatest opportunities for an incumbent Republican in the country this cycle. McSally was named her seat by the increasingly unpopular Republican governor of the state, Doug Ducey, and even classified as a "consolation prize" by some other conservatives after losing to Senator Kyrsten Sinema in 2018, an original sin for which she held a Senate seat Some Arizonans - including McCain's family - haven't forgiven her yet.
McSally's refusal to comment publicly on a number of issues of great concern to state voters - her non-binding response to the Supreme Court's decision on Thursday's “Deferred Child Arrival” program - is a representative example contributed to their perception more about politics than politics.
But regarding Trump, McSally has been almost unwavering in public support since her appointment and redirected frustration over the president's response to the corona virus to condemn China's role in the pandemic.
"I found out on the day I went to the military that I didn't trust a Communist," McSally told reporters in May when asked about reports that Trump had rejected early warnings of the potential severity of the novel corona virus . "China is to blame for this pandemic and the deaths of thousands of Americans."
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McSally, who has now turned that moment into a television commercial, has hugged the president tightly despite his position in Arizona (he is currently among the likely voters of the state under water) and reports that Trump himself is concerned that their poor polls reflect badly could be on him (McSally is also under water among the likely voters in the state).
This president's concern could explain why McSally hasn't yet been announced as a member of the president at his Phoenix rally on Tuesday, as she did during a tour of an N95 mask factory in the Phoenix region in early May. When asked whether the senator was planning to attend the rally and whether she believed the event should be postponed in the face of exploding coronavirus cases, McSally's Senate Office, The Daily Beast, referred to her re-election campaign. The campaign, which repeatedly asked the same questions, did not respond to requests for comments. The Trump campaign also failed to respond to requests for comments.
McSally itself has fundraised campaigns in recent weeks, although nothing is in the order of the president's planned rally.
"Donald Trump has spent months ignoring experts, praising China's response and downplaying risks while the Americans got sick. Trump is now making another political trip to Arizona, where cases are increasing due to his failed leadership," said Felecia Rotellini, Arizona Democratic Party leader, "As President of the United States, Donald Trump should put public health on his own political agenda and postpone all major gatherings in the United States, and particularly in Arizona, where the number of reported cases is increasing daily."
With the outbreak of the Coronavirus in Arizona - along with the high number of vulnerable older, uninsured and Latin American residents - McSally's counterfactual insistence that the state is ready for business is similarly steadfast.
"We're coming out," McSally said in a live stream from the Mesa Chamber of Commerce, adding that the Corona virus outbreak in Arizona "wasn't as bad as many other places."
"We didn't drive like many shutdown locations," McSally said in the video, running her hand down like a plane in free fall. "I think we acted more like this," added the former Air Force pilot, her hand at a less steep angle, "and hopefully we can ... have this V-shaped recovery."
However, the Senator cannot deny the topic of the upcoming rally of the President. The outbreak in Arizona is so serious that the state is running out of hospital beds, and local epidemiologists warn that the spread of the community through an indoor rally could aggravate the situation - especially as the cultural gap between wearing masks and social distance increases has become political.
On June 15, more than 900 medical service providers sent a signed letter to the governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, a Republican, asking him to publicly wear masks to prevent the virus from spreading what he has so far refused.
"Our health risk has increased dramatically since the Arizona economy reopened," the letter said. “The sad fact is that nothing has changed regarding COVID-19 since the Executive Order for Staying At Home came into effect on March 31st. Since the executive order was lifted, many Arizonians believe that something has changed and it is now somehow safe to resume normal life. Unfortunately, that is far from the truth. "
The governor's office replied to the letter by asking the Arizonans to wear face coverings in public, but did not require such coverings.
A Phoenix-based nurse treating COVID-19 cases told The Daily Beast that she "fears" the two-week mark after Trump's rally.
"Arizona is already a nightmare," the nurse, who asked for anonymity because the medical staff at her hospital was asked not to speak to the media about the outbreak, told The Daily Beast. "We don't need Trump's help."
Meanwhile, McSally's opponents in the general election subtly highlighted his own scientific beliefs to indicate that he was ready to deal with the pandemic - and with a government that insisted that the worst of the virus was over.
"If you command the space shuttle that orbits Earth at 25 times the speed of sound, don't mess around when a problem arises," Captain Mark Kelly, a former astronaut, replied to the coronavirus pandemic and in his latest online ad their consequences. "They work together to solve it because life is at stake."
Part of not messing around, his campaign said, is not holding personal events until the state is safe.
"Our top priority is public health and safety," said campaign spokesman Jacob Peters. “Mark has been connecting with Arizonans virtually and on a voluntary basis in the past few months. The campaign currently has no plans for personal events in the near future. "
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