President Donald Trump is hosting a series of events this week as an alternative to the Democratic National Convention speeches. One of them took place on Monday, August 17, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where several hundred people attended, according to local news sources. During his speech, Trump said he was referring to the event as a peaceful protest rather than a rally, since he has said he isn’t hosting rallies right now.
Here’s what you need to know:
Several Hundred People Attended the Oshkosh Event
Trump delivered his Oshkosh speech at the Wittman Regional Airport on Monday after speaking in Minnesota, Journal Times reported.
Several hundred people attended, Kelly O’Donnell of NBC News reported, and Trump joked that it was supposed to be a small event.
O’Donnell reported that wearing masks and distancing were encouraged but not required.
Mark Knoller of CBS News said there was a mix of people wearing masks and people not wearing masks at the event.
Omar Jimenez of CNN reported that it appeared that the majority of people were wearing masks or at least brought masks with them.
Trump joked at the beginning of his Oshkosh speech that this would be called a “peaceful protest so we can do whatever we want” at the event, BBC reporter Anthony Zurcher tweeted. Trump also talked about how Michelle Obama’s speech Monday at the DNC was pre-recorded and mentioned that he will be doing a live speech from the White House next Thursday as part of the Republican National Convention.
He then asked if Joe Biden would be taping his speech. Biden is not planning to tape his speech. Both he and Kamala Harris have said they will give their speeches live. Obama and other speakers are recording theirs in order to avoid technical glitches.
Trump also claimed during his speech that the pandemic numbers were better than many other countries, but he added that COVID-19 is “the worst thing to happen in this world since 1917.” He also spoke about disagreeing with defunding the police, which got cheers from the crowd in response.
The Crowd Included People Wearing & Not Wearing Masks
With masks optional at the event, the crowd included a mix of people wearing masks and not wearing masks.
During his speech in Oshkosh, Trump said: “We are going to win four more years.”
Then Trump said: “And then after that we’ll go for another four years, because you know what, they spied on my campaign. We should get a redo of four years.” (You can watch that moment in Heavy’s story here.)
Trump’s campaign has an official event on August 18 listed as taking place at The Defense Contractor Complex – Joe Foss Hangar in Yuma, Arizona, at 1 p.m. Mountain time, with doors opening at 10 a.m. The event is called, “President Donald J. Trump to deliver remarks on Joe Biden’s failures on Immigration and Border Security” and requires that people register for first-come-first-served tickets online. The tickets don’t guarantee attendance but help the campaign know how many to expect.