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

Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsFlorida Democrat introduces bill to recognize Puerto Rico statehood referendum Sunday shows - Trump team defends coronavirus response Demings slams GOP coronavirus relief bill: Americans 'deserve more than the crumbs from the table' 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 John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response 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 BidenJoe BidenCast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response Biden tells CNN town hall that he has benefited from white privilege MORE 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 ParscaleBradley (Brad) James ParscaleMORE 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 Biden 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.”