The White House of infection

The list of those infected at the top ranks of the US Government or Trump campaign is growing. It seems Covid-19 most likely spread at a function to celebrate Trump’s Supreme Court pick. 150 people were in a crowded room, and not a single mask was worn.

  • President Donald Trump
  • First Lady Melania Trump
  • RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel
  • Trump Campaign Manager Bill Stepien
  • Senior Counsellor to the President, Hope Hicks
  • Former Counsellor to the President, Kellyanne Conway
  • Senator Mike Lee of Utah
  • Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina

So that is the candidate, the head of the party organisation and the head of the campaign all infected.

Also even after Trump was informed Hicks was positive (and hence he might be also), he went ahead with a fundraiser.

The next debate is on October 15th and the advice is that Trump should remain isolated until after that date. So they will need to decide if the 2nd debate is cancelled or postponed.

The latest Real Clear Politics Electoral Map has Biden ahead with 375 EC votes to 163 for Trump. This is on polls before he got Covid-19. States which Trump won where he now trails are:

  • Arizona (11)
  • Iowa (6)
  • Wisconsin (10)
  • Michigan (16)
  • Ohio (18)
  • Pennsylvania (20)
  • North Carolina (15)
  • Georgia (16)
  • Florida (29)

If this results eventuated it would be the biggest landslide since 1996 and the worst result from an incumbent President since 1980.

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