Tulsa Health Department Executive Director Bruce Dart confirmed on Wednesday that a recent coronavirus spike experienced by the city is linked directly to Donald Trump’s campaign rally two weeks ago. New York Rep. Elise Stefanik attended the rally.
Stefanik has faced fierce criticism for supporting the rally which was widely criticized as a health risk to attendees and the region. The Trump campaign broke with CDC recommendations meant to contain coronavirus spread by holding the large rally indoors with no provision for social distancing. Trump has refused to wear a mask in public, another CDC containment recommendation, and most rally attendees followed his lead.
Rally attendees were forced to sign a waiver absolving Trump and his campaign of liability for coronavirus spread.
Stefanik is locked in a tight race for her 21st Congressional District House seat with Democratic opponent Tedra Cobb. Stefanik became the face of the president’s defense during last year’s impeachment hearings and her support for the historically unpopular president has become an albatross for her campaign.