WASHINGTON — The Sept. 26 U.S. President Donald Trump's Rose Garden ceremony for Judge Barrett was most likely a “super-spreader” event, and ironically, it could sink Mr Trump's SCOTUS nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.
So far, people attending the event who have tested positive for coronavirus include President Donald Trump, his wife Melania, Senator Mike Lee, Senator Thom Tillis, Kellyanne Conway, Hope Hicks and Univ. of Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins.
As we know, almost no one was wearing masks or social distancing as Judge Amy Coney Barrett was introduced by Mr Trump.
The problem for Mr Trump ... now 3 Republican Senators must isolate while they recover from the virus. If they're sidelined for Barrett's confirmation vote, the Republicans could fall short of a majority to confirm. Republicans hold a narrow majority in the Senate, meaning they can only afford to lose three votes in their push to confirm her. Two Republicans, Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine have already said they would not confirm a nominee before the election.
The ripple effect of the event is staggering. A number of people in the West Wing, including Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, were front and center at the event. So far, they've tested negative, but Hicks and others were all over the West Wing last week in close, narrow quarters. Beyond that, Trump went to a fundraiser in New Jersey Thursday with hundreds of people in attendance, and at the time he knew Hicks had tested positive and he had close interactions with her. Now the people at the event are being tested.
Here's what's trending on twitter ... #RoseGardenMassacre.