The coronavirus pandemic has put a pause on almost every aspect of life in the United States—including political rallies. But President Donald Trump's team has reportedly been at work considering possible workarounds. One idea floated involves holding rallies at drive-in theaters around the country.
According to The Daily Beast, Trump's team plans to pitch the idea to the president as early as next week.
"President Trump is a great campaigner," Ed Brookover, a 2016 Trump advisor, told the outlet. "Finding new ways for him to connect directly with voters will be very beneficial to his campaign. Selecting drive-in theaters as a rally location makes perfect sense."
An old-timey drive-in theater would certainly match with Trump's "Make America Great Again" nostalgia. However, there are a number of issues with the plan, including the logistics of safely maintaining social distancing. Plus, there's the fact that drive-in theaters just can't hold as many people as the sports arenas Trump is used to filling. Dearborn's 70-year-old Ford-Wyoming Drive-in has a 1,700-car capacity and five screens.
Tampa's Fun-Lan Drive-In has a capacity of 700 cars, according to driveinmovie.com.
The proposal follows recent drive-in concerts, like the one recently announced by improvisational electronic music artist Marc Rebillet, believed to be the first such tour in the U.S.
This post originally appeared on our sibling paper Detroit Metro Times.
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