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 farce – The Guardian
Trump’s rally looked like his vision of America. Limited and pitiless – The Washington Post
Trump Rally Fizzles as Attendance Falls Short of Campaign’s Expectations – New York Times
Trump holds low turnout rally amid virus fears – BBC
Trump comeback rally features empty seats, staff infections – Associated Press
Trump campaign blames protesters for disappointing turnout at Tulsa rally – Politico
I 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.”
But 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!