I spoke with a few of the thousands of Trump supporters streaming into his indoor rally just outside Las Vegas. Here's why they say they're not wearing masks & are not concerned about the health risks of attending this rally.
(Fact: Masks work. Ignoring science does not.)
McGuigan also said people attending the rally said she knows she doesn't have Covid because: "I have beautiful skin tone. I have lungs, I was just singing God Bless America with these ladies back there. There’s nothing wrong with my breathing."
76-year-old Howard Ady said he's not concerned about getting coronavirus because "we’ve been walking five miles every morning, staying fit, for the last couple hundred days. That’s how we’re dealing with it."

Ady wasn't wearing a mask but said he would inside.
20-something Kyle Hackett said attending the rally is "my freedom as an American and if I catch COVID that’s the consequences of my actions, so I’m willing to take that risk and have a good time today."
I asked Hackett about potentially exposing others. He said he's not concerned, claiming he's "pretty careful" despite attending an indoor rally with thousands of others w/o a mask.
"Freedom as an American to do as we please, so..." he said
I asked Barber (the man in the above video) about Trump saying mask-wearing is patriotic.

His response: "Okay, he can say it all day long, but I’m not worried about that. He can say whatever he wants... I’m not going to let a government tell me what to do."
Barber said he's got no concerns about spreading the virus when he goes back home to Arizona

"No, not really, because the only person I deal with on a daily basis is my wife and my dog."

He notes his wife works at a grocery store and "she's been fine" so far.

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Time for a thread. This is just a sampling:
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They are severe -- but not the total suspension of travel from Europe to the US that Trump described.
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In reality, all US citizens, legal permanent residents, their parents, spouses, siblings and children will be exempt from this ban. Other foreign nationals with specific circumstances are also exempt.
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Claim: ISIS is merely a regional threat.
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