Trump plans Michigan campaign stop despite ban on large gatherings, RNC chair says

August 21, 2020, 11:19 AM

Donald Trump plans a campaign stop in Michigan ahead of the Nov. 3 election, but its unclear whether he will try to hold a rally, which would defy the governor's limit on social gatherings.

Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel shared with The Detroit News that there would be a stop, hinting at its potential to violate an order that limits indoor gatherings to 10 and outdoor gatherings to 100: 

"We’re going to call it a peaceful protest, but we’re going to be there. That way the governor will allow it.”

In mid-June, when she was still in the running for Democratic vice presidential nominee, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she would consider trying to stop a Trump rally. This week she softened her position when asked by MSNBC, saying she recognizes "political speech is protected."

The governor appeared to violate her own social distancing rules by joining a protest against structural racism in Detroit on June 4. 

Read more:  The Detroit News

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