The more covid could potentially spread throughout the WH, the worse it would look for Trumps campaign. Taking extra precautions to make sure it doesn't spread, wouldn't be the worst idea politically. If they can keep Melania more stationary, then I can see why having her there wouldn't be that large of a concern. Keeping Don stationary seems quite unlikely, so taking him to a hospital where he'll get separated with special treatment doesn't seem ridiculous. Plus he likely wants to get well asap, and going to a hospital where his risk specifically, will be super low, isn't another terrible idea. Could potentially cause further illness, but likely not
Trump is pushing to reopen things. A big reason why not to is because of people being scared of the illness. If Trump can survive it with ease, then it will likely make people feel more comfortable going out. Users here are always saying the Prez has major influence over the people in plenty of ways. Therefore much less reason to keep things locked down while reacting so harshly every time a spike of any sort occurs. The Dems are about lockdown, Trump is about reopening. If Trump doesn't get too ill and makes a reasonable recovery, he'll no doubt point out how he fought off weak covid and still has more energy than Joe. That's almost a given.
The people who are mailing in ballots have decided already, period. The undecided won't mail until they decide or run out of time. Trump doesn't seem to want voters voting any earlier than they have to. This will likely make undecided voters wait. It can also give Trump a chance to appeal to them, especially when it comes to dealing with covid, assuming it goes well for him.
If he makes a fuss about handing things over to Pence that'll surely hurt him, but I don't think he will if he looks to become quite ill. If covid goes poorly for Trump, like he's out of commission for more than 2 weeks, it's going to be an accent of a lifetime if he can get re-eleceted.
The only thing they'd have to do is keep Trump in one place. I don't see why that would be so hard. And hospitals are places where people with diseases come. I don't see how that could possibly be more safe.
If Trump was really trying to convince everyone this was nbd, then going to the hospital doesn't help that cause at all. And I really can't see how the most public figure in America contracting this helps in any way makes people think it's no big deal. Granted it's just a matter of opinion, but I don't see the logic there.
The people who are sending in mail-in ballots decided already, but some may have mailed them in but will now wait. If I was mildly leaning towards Trump, this may make me sit on my ballot longer than I wanted to.
People can be weird, but I really don't see catching a deadly disease that the public thinks he hasn't done an effective job containing helping his campaign especially when it effectively forces him into silence.