Trump told people to leave the house to vote, he doesn't care 'how sick you are', shows unearthed video from 2016

Sirena Bergman@SirenaBergman
Sunday 12 April 2020 10:15
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A video doing the rounds on social media shows Donald Trump telling people to "get out and vote" no matter how sick they are.

Then clip was posted on Twitter last week and has received hundreds of likes and retweets.

It shows Trump at what appears to be a rally, saying:

You gotta get out there November 8th. I say kiddingly but I mean it. I don't care how sick you are, I don't care if you just came back from the doctor and he gave you the worst possible prognosis meaning 'it's over'. You won't be around in two weeks. Doesn't matter. Hang out till November 8th, get out and vote.

As you may have realised, the video is not new. Firstly, Trump is speaking to a crowd full of people, which clearly isn't currently happening. And you'll notice he's talking about 8 November – the date of the 2016 election – not 3 November which is when voters will pick the next president.

Still, it was posted with the hashtags #covid19 #coronavirus #coronavirusupdate, so naturally some people got confused.

And others weren't impressed with the original poster, who seemed to be feeding into the confusion.

People pointed out that even for pre-corona times it's still pretty outrageous to demand sick and even terminally ill people prioritise voting for him over their health.

According to Snopes, the video is from a campaign rally in Nevada which Trump held two days before the 2016 election.

Still, the fact that so many people believed it to be true of the president says a lot about how his leadership is perceived...

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