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The Daily BeastOct 19, 2020
The Republicans Enabling Trump's Dangerous COVID-19 Comeback Tour
Photo Illustration by Kristen Hazzard/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyIowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has long refused to mandate masks in her state. What was new when she appeared with Donald Trump in Des Moines last week was his own recent case of COVID-19, and with it a new frontier of campaign-trail coronavirus recklessness.

Reynolds was visibly enthusiastic to be speaking to the large outdoor crowd at a rally for the president's re-election on Wednesday. As she took the stage before Trump spoke, with state data showing Iowa at a new high for COVID-19 hospitalized patients, the governor could be seen on a livestream of the rally maskless, tossing hats into the audience before intoning, "This is an amazing, amazing crowd."

"I am proud to be a governor that puts her trust in our people because they are responsible, they are resilient and they will do the right thing," Reynolds said soon after.

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