Donald Trump again said he would kiss people in the crowd at his latest rally as he boasted again about being “immune” from coronavirus.
The President said he would kiss a “handsome” man he spotted in the crowd although “not with a lot of enjoyment”, as well as other men and women – and he again danced to YMCA at the end.
The US President was speaking about how important it is for him to get out of the White House and meet people.
At one point in his speech at John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday night, the incumbent Republican leader threw Trump-branded face masks into the crowd of supporters.
He finished the rally as he always does by doing some awkward dad dancing to the Village People’s biggest hit.
The President checked himself out of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last week after just a few days, despite still suffering from coronavirus.
However, having been given the all clear by physician Sean Conley to resume his election campaign tour from Saturday, Trump has painted the picture of someone who easily overcame the killer virus.
“I could have stayed in the basement of the White House – or maybe the top floor of the White House – I could have done that but I’m the President of the United States, I can’t do that,” he told the packed Johnstown rally.
“I’ve got to get out and I’ve got to meet people and I have to see people.
“And I know it’s risky to do that. But you have to do what you have to do. You know, I’m the President.
“I can’t sit in the basement and say ‘let’s wait this thing out’. I’m not going to do that.
“And now I’m immune, they tell me. I’m immune.”
At this point the rambling speech – delivered by the maskless President in his trademark black suit and red tie – took a turn for the bizarre.
“I could come down and start kissing everybody. I’ll kiss every guy – man and woman. Man and woman,” he said.
“Look at that guy, how handsome he is,” he continued, pointing to someone in the crowd. “And I’ll kiss him – not with a lot of enjoyment but that’s okay.”
He had also threatened to kiss people during a rally in Florida on Monday, as well as similarly tossing Trump masks into the crowd.
In Johnstown he said he felt like “Superman” after receiving treatment for coronavirus, “whatever the hell it was”.
The President was given a cocktail of antibody treatments and steroids after his hospitalisation.
“I took something, I don’t know what the hell it was but it was a cure. I don’t know what it was. Antibodies, I dunno,” he said.
In a video filmed in the White House grounds last week, he’d claimed he was given Regeneron’s experimental antibody cocktail REGN-COV2 which ‘cured’ him.
“I went in and I wasn’t feeling so hot and within a very short period of time they gave me Regeneron.
“Other things too, but I think this was the key…it was like unbelievable. I felt good immediately.”
At yesterday’s rally he claimed before he contracted the disease, doctors had said surviving it made people immune for life, which is untrue.
Trump then promised to “crush the virus very quickly”.
Confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the United States are currently rising.
A study published on September 29 found the US had a significantly higher Covid-19 mortality rate than European countries.
The US has the highest COVID-19-attributed infections and deaths, accounting for 21% of global deaths.