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It looks like Donald Trump might be planning to raise the roof if he's re-elected on Nov. 3, 2020. According to The New York Times, the 45th president has changed his tune about where he'll be receiving the results of the 2020 presidential election. Per the outlet, "aides are discussing inviting roughly 400 people," to a party that will be held inside the White House's East Room, which, per Reuters, is the largest room in the mansion.
At first, the president was planning to hold a tamped down affair at the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C., but he reportedly switched up plans due, in part, to D.C.'s restrictions against indoor gatherings of more than 50 people amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to Reuters, all guests "will be tested for the coronavirus" beforehand. That being said, in September 2020, guests at a gathering for Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination in the Rose Garden were also tested beforehand, per the New York Post. That event led to a significant spike in Covid-19 cases among staff members (Trump got the virus), with Dr. Anthony Fauci calling it a "superspreader event," per NBC News.
While Trump has continued to bring big groups of people together for outdoor campaign rallies and events following his diagnosis, on election night, Joe Biden's campaign will be addressing the country from his hometown of Wilmington, Del., per The New York Times.
Scroll down to find out how the internet is reacting to Donald Trump's potential election night bash.
The internet is reacting to Donald Trump's possible election night bash
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How is the internet reacting to President Donald Trump's potential 400 person election night party? Well, some our outraged. "Some people are incapable of learning," one Twitter user wrote. "the real question you should be asking is how much money are taxpayers shelling out for Trump's election party for 400 at the WH tomorrow night," wrote another. "Well he will need some help packing," wrote a third. Ouch. Meanwhile, on Oct. 30, 2020, per The Hill, the president's son Eric Trump endorsed the switched-up plans and ensuing safety-questionable festivities. "It's going to be a great night," he said in an interview with Fox News.
Trump may also be switching venues as he's, like many, bracing for post-election-night unrest. According to CNN, on Nov. 2, 2020, crews begun planning to build a "non-scalable" perimeter around the entire White House complex. The barrier, a federal law enforcement official told NBC News, will include blocking off the Ellipse lawn and more. Meanwhile, according to The Daily Mail, 250 National Guardsmen have also been put on standby in Washington D.C. ahead of the Nov. 3. 2020, results. It's safe to say we're entering uncharted territory as the results of the election may not be known on election night. *Wipes sweat from brow*.
We'll see what happens, but, at the very least, Trump is seemingly planning a large gathering regardless of the results, and if he does go through with it, he'd be abandoning Washington D.C. Covid-19 restrictions to do so.