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8:13 am, June 21st, 2020 - 96 comments
Categories: Donald Trump, racism, racism, twitter, uncategorized, us politics, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: covid, COVID 19, covid-19
So POTUS thought he should hold a rally.
The organisation of the rally was not pristine because he, I am sure accidentally, created the impression he was trying to appear to be a racist Nazi.
He wanted to hold his rally on Juneteenth, the date set aside for the celebration of the end of slavery in the US. It is a big day for black America and is also known as freedom day, black independence day and emancipation day. Not a good day to gather a bunch of good old boy rednecks together.
His chosen site for the rally was Tulsa, Oklahoma, site of one of America’s most notorious examples of white brutality on black people. Wikipedia has this description:
The Tulsa race massacre (also called the Tulsa race riot, the Greenwood Massacre, or the Black Wall Street Massacre) took place on May 31 and June 1, 1921, when mobs of white residents attacked black residents and businesses of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It has been called “the single worst incident of racial violence in American history.” The attack, carried out on the ground and from private aircraft, destroyed more than 35 square blocks of the district—at that time the wealthiest black community in the United States, known as “Black Wall Street”.
Imagine celebrating the end of slavery by giving a speech at the place where one of the most notorious examples of white supremacy occurred. Surely it was accidental?
And surely Trump’s choice of imagery for his facebook advertisement was also accidental. I mean I am sure there is no way that he would deliberately choose to use the same symbol used by Nazi Germany to denote political activists bound for the gas chambers.
I mean it must have been accidental.
You could also question the decision to hold a public meeting where people will be crushed into a small area. I understand that the United States is struggling with a pandemic. Its top medical advisors seem to think that putting lots of people in a confined area together where they can cough on each other is not a good thing to do. From NBC News:
Leading members of the coronavirus task force warned White House officials about the health risks of holding large-scale indoor campaign rallies and advised against such mass gatherings, according to two people familiar with the discussions.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, and task force response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx both vocalized concerns internally in the last week about the safety of holding a rally on Saturday with as many as 19,000 people in an enclosed arena in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
But President Donald Trump and his campaign advisers are proceeding with the event, which is expected to draw tens of thousands inside and outside the venue who will neither be socially distant nor required to wear face coverings. They claim attendees “assume a personal risk” and “that is part of life.”
Besides I don’t think the local authorities have Covid under control in Oklahoma State.
And it has been announced that six of the crew working on the event have been tested covid positive.
The crowd itself is resisting the use of masks for some strange reason.
And there is this incredible graph which suggests that in Democrat states the spread of Covid is being arrested but in Republican states it is surging.
And Trump has threatened violence on anyone choosing to exercise their constitutional right to protest.
This will not end well …