- The Trump press secretary turned gubernatorial candidate was spotted at a Phish concert in Fayetteville, AK on Wednesday
- The concert was the band’s first since February 2020.
- Arkansas is currently experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations
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Sarah Huckabee Sanders, in the midst of a campaign for Governor of Arkansas, was spotted at a Phish concert on Wednesday night at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
A photo published in POLITICO on Thursday showed the former White House press secretary wearing sunglasses at the event.
-Bryan Armen Graham (@BryanAGraham) July 29, 2021
The Fayetteville concert was the band’s first since February 2020, and marks the beginning of a much-anticipated summer tour. But it also comes amid a surge of COVID cases and hospitalizations in the state.
Amid concerns over the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19, Phish has encouraged fans to get the coronavirus vaccine before coming to their shows. “The best thing you can possibly do before coming to a show is to GET VACCINATED!” the band said on their website on Wednesday.
The band also encouraged fans to wear masks at concert venues.
“As social distancing is not possible inside the venues, we highly recommend wearing a mask at these outdoor shows when closer than 6 feet to others, regardless of whether or not you’re vaccinated,” said the band. “Being vaccinated AND wearing a mask at these shows is the best way you can show love and respect for our incredible community.”
On Sunday, Huckabee Sanders wrote an op-ed in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette encouraging Arkansas to take the “Trump vaccine.” Only 36% of Arkansans are fully vaccinated, according to the New York Times.
Huckabee Sanders did not appear to be wearing a mask at the concert.
-Adam Blickstein (@AdamBlickstein) July 29, 2021