Each rally draws thousands of the President’s supporters, who stand in close proximity to each other with no social distancing. The vast majority of attendees do not wear face masks.
“These rallies should not be happening,” Dr Gupta said.
“Don’t go. Don’t go to these rallies. Just about anywhere in the country now, if you go to a gathering that is several hundred people, it’s without a doubt the virus is attending that rally with you. If you are clustered close together, you don’t know who is carrying the virus, and you don’t know how many people are carrying the virus.
“You are putting yourself at risk.”
He advised anyone who had already attended one of Mr Trump’s rallies to assume they had been exposed to the virus and self-quarantine for 14 days.
“You’re going home to your family, to your friends. You may infect community members. If you go to an event like that, right now, with the amount of virus that is spreading in this country, you have to assume that you’ve had some sort of exposure,” Dr Gupta said.
Donald Jr did not think much of that advice.
“These people are truly morons. You know what I mean?” he told Ingraham.
“I like how they go after Scott Atlas because he’s not an epidemiologist, but Sanjay Gupta now magically is. I mean give me a break.”
Dr Gupta is a neurosurgeon, and has been involved in medical journalism since 2003.
Dr Scott Atlas, a neuroradiologist, is a controversial member of the White House’s coronavirus task force. He has questioned the effectiveness of face masks and argued in favour of a herd immunity strategy, alarming other experts on the task force.
Such a strategy would involve allowing the virus to spread through most of the community while trying to protect the most vulnerable, such as the elderly.
“I mean the reality is this. If you look – I put it up on my Instagram a couple of days ago, because I went through the CDC data, because I kept hearing about new infections. But I was like, why aren’t they talking about deaths?” Donald Jr continued.
“Oh, because the number is almost nothing, because we’ve gotten control of this thing. We understand how it works. We have the therapeutics. If you look at this, look at my Instagram, it’s gone to almost nothing.”
Here is a clip of Donald Jr’s remarks, followed by the Instagram post he mentioned.