NC: Trump rally exceeded pandemic limits, but not illegal

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Pres. Donald Trump speaking at rally in Winston-Salem on Sept. 8, 2020. (Photo: CBS News/DC Pool)

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A spokeswoman for North Carolina’s governor says President Donald Trump’s rally in Winston-Salem this week violated state health and safety protocols but was not illegal.

Thousands of supporters who attended Tuesday’s rally were seen crammed together without masks or the 6 feet of physical distancing that the White House itself has recommended.

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Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has limited mass gatherings to 50 people outdoors.

Cooper spokeswoman Dory MacMillan says there is an exception for First Amendment activities including political rallies. But in a written statement, she also admonished the Trump campaign for putting people’s health at risk by ignoring the rules.

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