Rally goers rightly assumed since Antifa and BLM protesters were safe then so should they be.Until very recently, all the pictures I've seen of Trump rallies show unmasked supporters sitting close together, and frequently in indoor venues. While I'm not arguing the protests weren't risky--they clearly were--they were outside, people generally wore masks, they were further apart, and they were moving, which helps diffuse the virus.
When asked about masks, Mark Meadows made the false argument that mandates violate freedom. Anyone holding a rally can mandate masks without violating anyone's freedom, because anyone who doesn't want to wear a mask doesn't have to attend the rally. Moreover, we all know that if Trump, at the very beginning of any of these rallies, had made a personal plea for supporters to put on the masks that were handed to them when they entered, most would have complied. No mandate would have even been necessary.
Finally, the President is supposed to be setting an example for the rest of the country. The protesters were never elected to anything. The notion that what the President can do is justified by what ordinary citizens do is ridiculous. He shouldn't even be compared to what private businesses are allowed to do, and even there, he falls short. For example, the MLB season recently concluded. No fans were allowed at regular season games. In the late stages of the playoffs, including the World Series, fans were permitted, but at very reduced numbers. Masks were mandated, and social distancing was required. Why wouldn't any political rally be held to at least the same standard?
If pro ball sports in he US didn’t take their lead from the covid-safe riots then that’s their fault.
That said we both know neither was safe but one side argues differently. My question is why?
Yes, it’s rhetorical.