A Rally … Of Sorts {Yawn}

Well, I know you’re all dying to know how Trump’s rally last night in Tulsa went.  Here were some of the headlines …

Don’t call it a comeback: Trump’s Tulsa rally was just another sad farceThe Guardian

Trump’s rally looked like his vision of America. Limited and pitilessThe Washington Post

Trump Rally Fizzles as Attendance Falls Short of Campaign’s ExpectationsNew York Times

Trump holds low turnout rally amid virus fearsBBC

Trump comeback rally features empty seats, staff infectionsAssociated Press

Trump campaign blames protesters for disappointing turnout at Tulsa rallyPolitico

half-empty-venueI think it’s safe to say it wasn’t the grand slam event he and his campaign had predicted.  The venue, capable of holding 19,000 people, was only half full.  A campaign spokesman, Tim Murtaugh, blamed the low turnout on protestors …

“Sadly, protesters interfered with supporters, even blocking access to the metal detectors, which prevented people from entering the rally.”

Only thing is that there weren’t that many protestors … around 175 total … and reporters traveling with the presidential motorcade said they saw no protesters or supporters en route.  The crowd size … even Fox News was forced to admit that the building was nowhere near filled to capacity.  Funny, isn’t it, that Trump’s campaign manager, the ignoble Brad Parscale, said he had over 1 million requests for tickets.  Hmmmm … the answer to that conundrum may lie in part with a grandmother in Iowa.

Mary Jo Laupp, a 51-year-old grandmother living in Fort Dodge, Iowa, appears to have helped lead the charge on TikTok late last week when she posted a video encouraging people to go to Trump’s website, register to attend the event — and then not show up.  Now, Ms. Laupp only joined TikTok earlier this year, and only had a thousand or so followers, but her call and the video seem to have reached many thousands who happily complied!  Heck, if I had known about it, I would have gladly done it!

Apparently, the Trump campaign got wind of this scheme in the days leading up to the rally, and upon checking, determined that the number of fake requests numbered in the hundreds of thousands.  In addition, apparently a bunch of teens did the same thing on a site called K-pop (never heard of it until last night), where 18-year-old Erin Hoffman said …

“Trump has been actively trying to disenfranchise millions of Americans in so many ways, and to me, this was the protest I was able to perform.”

half-empty-venue-2But the bulk of the reason people didn’t show up is likely the fear of the coronavirus.  Few masks were observed, the crowd that was in attendance were closely packed together to present an image of a full arena, and most importantly, as I told you yesterday, Tulsa has been the site or a severe uptick in new cases this month.  This was no time for people to be joining hands and singing Kumbaya or whatever they sing at Trump rallies.  I’d bet money that a week from now, Tulsa will be in crisis mode with hundreds of new cases from the rally attendees, their families, friends, and people they work with.

Speaking of the coronavirus pandemic … Trump declared that he has ordered testing to slow down.  Why on earth would he do that, given that we are now at 2.3 million cases and 122,000 deaths, and still counting?  Because he fears that more testing will reveal more cases and he doesn’t like seeing the number of new cases still rising dramatically.  It’s the numbers that matter, folks, not our lives – remember that on November 3rd!

He also touched on two recent Supreme Court decisions that didn’t quite go the way he had hoped … extending civil rights to include LGBT people, and denying him the right to end DACA …

“Think how important it is… It’s almost like we’re a minority court.  I’ll be soon announcing a new list of exceptional candidates [for the Supreme Court], and I’ll only pick from that list.”

What makes him think he will have the opportunity to fill another seat on the Court???  No Justices have announced an intention to retire, and after next January, it won’t (fingers crossed) be his game to play anymore.

I won’t bore you with further details of his two-hour speech, for it was mostly lies and praise for … himself, of course.  Frankly, his words at a campaign rally hold no interest for me, since I really don’t have time to fact-check every utterance that spews from his mouth.  I did find some humour, however, when I heard that he spent 8 full minutes trying to justify why he couldn’t seem to walk down a ramp the other day after giving the commencement speech at West Point Academy, and why it took him two hands to pick up a small glass of water (“I just saluted 600 times, like this!”).  To coin his own words:  Sad.

All-in-all, he was his usual disgusting, obnoxious self, told a bunch of lies, and blah blah blah.  There’s not much else to say … I believe that his fans were given face masks and a cup of Kool Aid at the entrance.  Most chose not to wear the face masks, but it seems that every last one of them did drink the Kool Aid.  And now … on to more important, more interesting things!grass

42 thoughts on “A Rally … Of Sorts {Yawn}

  1. Seeing him walk off that helicopter…dazed, stunned, and looking about as depressed as I’ve ever seen, was very telling Jill. It was a total embarrassment. A complete humiliation. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. God I wish he’d just resign. Please!!

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    • I hadn’t seen that clip, but after reading this comment, I found it … you’re right … his little waves to people were so half-hearted. Well, well … he brought it on himself now, didn’t he? I have no empathy. Don’t hold your breath for him to resign … his mega ego would never let him do that, even if he was going down for the third time. Sigh.

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  2. I actually know what happened (gather ’round folks, ‘cas I’m whispering)
    Y’see there were actually thousands and thousands and thousands on their way to turn up (at least 75,438), but the dreaded alliance of International Socialists, The American Left and the CIA hacked into the websites and diverted them all to a prefabricated stadium in the wilds of The Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. The cunning story being given to this was to protect them from maliciously sneezing Democrats.
    A dummy Trump was already on the stage as they arrived.
    The plan nearly backfired when the recordings of recycled speeches (like no one would notice) failed due to field mice chewing through the cables.
    Lucky, there were recordings of the Legendary Stardust Cowboy on hand, so no one noticed.
    It’s the truth I tell ya!

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  3. What really looked bad was the statement people had to sign stating they wouldn’t hold the Trump Administration to blame if they got the Coronavirus from going to the rally. If I was a fan, that alone would have stopped my attendance. 😦 — Suzanne

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  4. Jill, the rally size is indicative that even many of Trump followers are taking the virus more seriously than the president. Granted most of those that came did not follow social distancing or mask protocols, but those who stayed home understand. To me, the president violated the trust of his followers with his pep rally.

    As I have said on your and my blog, the BLM protestors need to be mindful as well, as altruism is not a defense against COVID-19. Having said that, the BLM movement is largely outside, so that helps. And, I do see far more masks than what I saw at the Trump rally. Yet, everyone needs to be smart about what they do, regardless of cause.

    COVID-19 could care less about politics. Keith

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    • He violated the trust of his followers this time, and has violated the trust of the nation so very many times in the past.

      You’re right … the coronavirus does not differentiate between those who are out and about with good cause, vs those who are not. But, if I felt so inclined to risk my life, I would rather do so fighting for humanity than cheering on a cruel and ignorant ‘man’. There are some things worth dying for … Donald Trump is NOT one of them.

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  5. IF, and that is a “huge” if, there is anything good that came from this trump hate rally it is the official cease and desist notice issued by the Estate and Family of the late Tom Petty to the Trump Campaign. After my Son called me about this, I went to my usual Google and found several columns but read one by Christina Silva in NPR dated June 21, 2020 at 3:34 PM. This is the first part of what the Family wrote : “Tom Petty’s song “I Won’t Back Down” was used today at Donald Trump’s campaign in Tulsa, Ok. Trump was in no way authorized to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind. Both the late Tom Petty and his family firmly stand against racism and discrimination of any kind. Tom Petty would never want a song of his used for a campaign of hate. He liked to bring people together. Tom wrote this son for the underdog, for the common man and for EVERYONE.” My Son loved that song that was released on Petty’s solo album “Full Moon Fever” in the Spring of 1989. The song came at a difficult time in his young life when he felt like the underdog and the song gave a voice to his feelings. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers sang this at the “America : A Tribute to Heroes” on September 21, 2001 for the benefit of the victims of the 9/11 attacks…both of us have the double CD and the DVD of that historic event. Thank-you!

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    • I had not heard this until reading your comment earlier this afternoon. I read Ms. Silva’s column and was impressed by the letter the family wrote. I was also impressed at the end of the article to see that numerous other artists had refused Trump permission to use their work! Good on them! Thanks for enlightening me, my dear friend!

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        • Yes, I heard about the K-pop kids and the grandma from Iowa on TikTok … next time, I think I’ll sign up for tickets and then be a no-show! I hear the fire department in Tulsa estimated only 6,200 attended! And one of my readers said that of those, about 3/4 were paid to be there! Ha ha … he has to pay people to show up at his rallies now! Can we say … LOSER! 😉

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            • Good for MJ and her daughter!!! I’d change my phone number!!! Bad enough I keep getting email from the Trump campaign asking for a donation, and no matter how many times I ‘unsubscribe’, the emails keep coming!

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  6. Initial reports said that the 19,000 seat arena was only two-thirds full (approximately 12,000-13,000 people). Later, the Trump campaign said the number of attendees was 12,000; but, the Tulsa Fire Department said that the number was only 6,200.

    The besieged egomaniacal dictator retreated to Tulsa to be worshiped by hordes of adoring fans… but they didn’t show up – lol! What an embarrassment! Is there an emoji for a red-faced slap? Ha, ha, I sure do love this!

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  7. my grand daughter and I both bought tickets to the event. She actually went…..and wore a “black lives matter more than a CHEETO’s!” (Yes, I sewed the embroidered text across the front). She was arrested so at 4:30 I was driving to Tulsa to bail that wonderful child out of jail. She was asked by a reporter why she was there and said “Ya know, there’s a tricky little thing called the CONSTITUTION that admonishes me to protest injustice..and I can’t think of anything needing more protest than the CHEETO”…not sure anyone televised that, but sure makes me proud.

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    • Thumbs up to your granddaughter!!! On what charges was she arrested, though? Are peaceful protestors now being arrested for no reason other than they are there? And big kudos to her for her answer to the reporter!!! She is indeed a chip off the ol’ block! I’d love to find that clip somewhere! Great job both of you!!!

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  8. His blathering about the cadet visit no doubt gained him supporters since it was so clearly about Making America Great Again — or has it been changed to Keep America Great …? I can’t keep up (nor do I want do).

    BTW … notice how close KAG is to GAG?

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    • I think it’s MAD … Make America a Dictatorship! I don’t bother to try to keep up with his useless, meaningless slogans. What his base think is great and why I think of as great are 180° apart. Sigh.

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  9. isn’t it amazing that the media talked about coronavirus when it’s a trump rally but for protesting, rioting and looting, it gets no mention at all?

    Such petty vindictive people, taking the time to register for a rally with no intention of showing up. I hope they had to at least pay a fee so they have a bit of a loss.

    People can do what they want though even if it silly.

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    • Well, there are a couple of big differences. First, all the Black Lives Matter protests have been outdoors where the chances of virus transmission are far less than indoors. And, if you notice, in those protests, most everyone is wearing a mask. Yes, there are genuine concerns about those, but … I’d feel a heck of a lot safer in an outdoor protest with people taking precautions than in an indoor venue where virtually nobody was wearing a mask.

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    • I don’t know what news you have been watching, but every single news outlet I have watched have all made an effort to stress how dangerous it is to be out in public in a crowd of any size, doing whatever.

      That includes protests, riots, and looters.

      Perhaps you might try a real news outlet in the future? Faux News only tells the morons at large what they want to hear. Or what they will predictably react to, in exactly the way they want them to react. It’s a pre planned reactionary response, that the dipsticks are more than willing to comply with. They design their news to keep the rubes stirred up. I don’t even know how they get away with calling it news. Just because they mix in a weather forecast, or an occaisional fact, does not make it news.

      Petty vindictive people… the word projection comes to mind.

      The way I see it, from what I have heard, is that a bunch of teenagers took the orange idiot for a ride. I do wish I was a teenager again, oh hell if I had known this was going on, as a person who could be carrying an AARP card, I’d have made a fake reservation as well.

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