Val Demings: Trump requiring medical waivers is 'good clue' he shouldn't hold rally

Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsThe Hill's Morning Report - Surging COVID-19 infections loom over US, Olympics Six takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections Cuba, Haiti pose major challenges for Florida Democrats MORE (D-Fla.) said Monday that the decision by the Trump campaign to require medical waivers for attendees at an upcoming rally is an indicator that it's too early to start holding large-scale events again.

“I’ve dealt with evidence and clues for a long time in my career,” Demings, the first woman to serve as chief of the Orlando Police Department, said on ABC's "The View." “When you have to sign a medical waiver saying that you won’t hold the president responsible if you contract COVID-19, it's a pretty good clue that the president should not be holding a rally."

President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE plans to hold a rally in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday. Attendees must agree not to sue the Trump campaign or host venue in the event they contract the coronavirus.


Meanwhile, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has been conducting campaign events online since the pandemic took hold.

On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance urging the organizers of large gatherings to require the use of face coverings among staff.

Trump campaign manager Brad ParscaleBrad ParscaleAides tried to get Trump to stop attacking McCain in hopes of clinching Arizona: report MORE said on Monday that all attendees in Tulsa will be subjected to temperature checks and be given masks and hand sanitizer upon entry.

Demings, a vice presidential contender, stressed Monday that the country is still in the grips of a pandemic.

“We are in the middle of a public health crisis … I am thankful that Vice President BidenJoe BidenTrump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race GOP lawmakers request Cuba meeting with Biden For families, sending money home to Cuba shouldn't be a political football MORE is listening to the CDC, our medical experts and our scientists and continuing to practice social distancing,” Demings said.


The registration page for Trump's rally in Tulsa includes language that says: “By attending the Rally, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.; BOK Center; ASM Global; or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury.”