Lest there be any questions about the risks, the invitation to Trump's first rally since the pandemic began — in Oklahoma at the end of the week — includes a waiver absolving the campaign of any responsibility should attendees get sick.
That won't scare away Trump's die-hard loyalists in a state he won by nearly 37 percentage points, but it may raise new questions about his leadership among swing voters elsewhere as the nation faces the serious possibility of a surge of new coronavirus infections.
By some accounts, the new wave has already begun. A Washington Post analysis found double-digit percentage increases in confirmed cases across 16 U.S. states that have gradually loosened restrictions since Memorial Day.
When the Dow plunged more than 1,800 points last Thursday, Wall Street gave us a taste of how the market will react if anything gets in the way of America's economic comeback. It's fair to wonder whether voters would respond similarly if Trump can't help the economy improve dramatically by November.