Rural America 2020
Press Release

Billboard warning of Trump super-spreader event goes up in Waukesha ahead of Trump rally

Message on I-94 near Waukesha County Airport warns area residents; follows roundtable where Wisconsin citizens blast Trump and GOP on COVID-19 response

By - Oct 23rd, 2020 05:06 pm
Photo courtesy of Rural America 2020.

Photo courtesy of Rural America 2020.

Waukesha, WI – Today, Rural America 2020, the national non-profit made up of rural leaders including many from Wisconsin, unveiled a digital billboard in Waukesha, Wisconsin ahead of the President’s airport rally scheduled for tomorrow, warning that it is a possible superspreader event. The billboard, which is on I-94 at the Highway 16 exit, warns residents and attendees in the area near the event.

Previous COVID superspreader billboards across the country have gone viral and have been featured on national and local television and print news outlets. Rural America 2020 Wisconsin steering committee members praised the billboard and its message of warning.

“This seems like a joke but it is deadly serious,” said John Hendricks, a steering committee member from Sparta, Wisconsin. “Nobody wants to see a superspreader event in Wisconsin, particularly when we are experiencing one of the worst outbreaks in the country. This is an event led by a President that has been at the center of previous superspreader events, including at the White House. We have seen from the pictures that participants at these rallies are not distancing or wearing masks. This is the last thing we need in Wisconsin right now.”

Since the beginning of this month, the seven-day average of daily new coronavirus cases in Wisconsin has risen by almost 40 percent. Covid-19 deaths have increased by more than 95 percent over the month as well.

Additionally, the organization held a health care roundtable today featuring Outagamie County Executive Thomas Nelson; Lisa Gordon, a healthcare worker from Darlington; and Zena Blom, a resident of Twin Lakes with a pre-existing health condition. The panel discussed the impacts of President Trump’s failed policies and continued attacks on the Affordable Care Act to them and their communities.

“These problems should not be partisan. They should not be Democratic, Republican or independent. These are nonpartisan issues,” said Nelson, who highlighted the challenges facing his county including agriculture and COVID-19. “I think now more than ever we need to have our leaders at the state level and the federal level acknowledge that reality.”

For the full recording of today’s roundtable please click here.

Rural America 2020 is a 501(c)4 bipartisan non-profit that has built steering committees of concerned rural leaders and farmers across multiple states. Rural America 2020 helps educate and activate rural Americans on public policy issues that are impacting them, their communities and key rural industries, including agriculture.

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