Vice President Mike Pence defended President Trump holding large rallies in an ABC News interview that airs Wednesday, saying it's happening because "we're in an election year."
"President Trump and I trust the American people. We truly do believe in this freedom-loving nation that the American people know how to look after themselves, look after their families, and look after their neighbors and look out for the future of this country," he said.
Asked by ABC if he's concerned about the optics of such events in the midst of a pandemic, Pence again said he believes that Americans can take care of themselves.
"The American people, really throughout the course of the last eight months, have demonstrated the ability to put the health of their family and their neighbors first," he said.
The coronavirus pandemic has not subsided in the US, which has recorded more than 200,000 deaths from the virus.
On Amy Coney Barrett being a top contender for the SCOTUS job, Pence said, "Judge Barrett is an extraordinary jurist. And she's among a number of women that are currently under consideration."