Donald Trump put the most vulnerable Americans to the coronavirus at risk during his weekend rally on the White House lawn. The Saturday gathering marked the first Trump event following his coronavirus diagnosis, hospitalization and release. Hundreds of Trump supporters, primarily made up of Black and Hispanic people, were gathered at the invitation of Blexit. Founded by African American Trump supporters, Candace Owens and Brandon Tatum, Blexit is described as “an organization that seeks to move Black voters away from the Democratic Party.” The group named is derived from British move from the European Union.

The rally began on the National Mall with the themes of law and order and support for police. Despite questions in Facebook posts about how the supporters of color were invited and made their way to Washington, DC, a few hundred listened to speeches by African American conservatives, including Blexit founders Candace Owen and former policeman Jason Tatum, and talk radio host, Larry Elder. 

The group then traveled to the White House lawn. Donald Trump appeared maskless on a balcony, where he gave a speech citing the betrayal of Black and Latino Americans by Joe Biden and the Democratic Party. 

“Black and Latino Americans are rejecting the radical socialist left and embracing our pro-jobs, pro-worker, pro-police.” Trump said. “We have to have law and order—and pro-American agenda. I want to thank the Blexit Foundation for organizing this event.”

Described by Trump staff as a “peaceful protest for law and order,” while continuing self-isolation, he began by saying he felt great and thanked everyone for their prayers. Although required to wear masks, many were photographed with masks, but not wearing them. Lastly, there was little to no evidence of physical distancing. 

Why You Need To Know:

It is well known and accepted that statistics indicate that when comparing coronavirus cases among various races, people of color are affected at higher rates. The disease itself affects Blacks and Hispanics two and a half times more than Whites. 

Blacks and Hispanics are four and a half times more likely to be hospitalized with coronavirus than White patients. And coronavirus deaths among Blacks and Hispanics happen at one to two times more than Whites. 

Calling the most vulnerable Americans to the White House, to hear from a man in the midst of what may still be an contagious period, and ignoring rules to prevent spreading, is a powerful lack of leadership and concern for those he seeks to represent.