Apparently, the polls that showed him losing to Joe Biden by double digits were not enough to wake up Donald Trump to just how poorly hes been performing over the last six months. But maybe his total failure of a rally in Tulsa will be enough to alert him to the levels of danger he is currently facing?
The Tulsa rally on Saturday night was an absolute mess, the lowest energy of any Trump event in history.
Hes given the media reason to gloat, finally.
New York Times:
President Trumps attempt to revive his re-election campaign sputtered badly on Saturday night as he traveled to Tulsa for his first mass rally in months and found a far smaller crowd than his aides had promised him, then delivered a disjointed speech that did not address the multiple crises facing the nation or scandals battering him in Washington.
The weakness of Mr. Trumps drawing power and political skills, in a state that voted for him overwhelmingly and in a format that he favors, raised new questions about his electoral prospects for a second term at a time when his poll numbers were already falling. And rather than speak to the wide cross-section of Americans who say they are concerned about police violence and systemic racism, he continued to use racist language, describing the coronavirus as Kung Flu.
While the presidents campaign had claimed that more than a million people had sought tickets for the rally, the 19,000-seat BOK Center was at least one-third empty during the rally. A second, outdoor venue was so sparsely attended that he and Vice President Mike Pence both canceled appearances there.
Tim Murtaugh, a spokesman for the Trump campaign, falsely blamed the small numbers on radical protesters and the news media who he said had frightened away supporters. But there were few protests in the area and no sizable effort to block entrances, and there was a strong security presence.
Mr. Trump was furious about the unused outdoor stage and the comparatively thin crowd in the stadium, according to two people familiar with his reaction. News broadcasts carried video of the partially empty stadium, and even the Drudge Report, a reliably conservative website, carried an all-caps headline that said MAGA LESS MEGA with a picture of rows and rows of empty blue seats.
Yes. That happened.
The Times goes on to give their theories about what led to this disaster, which I dont care about or agree with. But they are able to promote whatever they want, because the Trump people arent going to explain it.
Firstly, the Times and the rest of the media may or may not be exaggerating the enthusiasm levels. There is no way to know without being there, because we do know that these people just lie. But we see these pictures:
Is it possible that these were taken as the rally was filling up? Sure. But as the Times mentioned, Trump and Pence canceled a second event, which seems an objective measure of the fact that there werent crowds big enough, and Trump didnt want to have photoshoots of him speaking to empty crowds.
The rallies are a massive part of the Trump brand, and the biggest thing about that was that they were always full, there were always people waiting outside.
In terms of logistics, yes, there are issues that can be blamed. The coronavirus hoax creates all kinds of problems, and many people would no doubt be afraid of violence, given the present state of things. But whose fault are those problems? Who allowed the coronavirus hoax to get completely out of control? Who allowed the blacks to just keep on rioting? I dont know who is the President of the United States?
The logistics issues are simply part of the larger issue, which is that Donald Trump has abdicated, refusing to be a leader during the two biggest crises in American history, which happened back to back in the last four months. He has failed, miserably, to address any of this.
He should have said the virus fears were faked, and the lockdown was a Democrat power-play. He should have been spamming his Twitter feed with Alex Berenson material, he should have invited in Elon Musk to talk about it. He should have pushed back against all of this, he should never have publicly appeared with Anthony Fauci and given credibility to these stupid theories. If he himself was confused, he should have brought in his own experts who werent directly linked to Bill Gates like Fauci and Madam Birx are directly linked to Bill Gates.
He should have used the Justice Department to do mass arrests of the rioters, and he should have continually been out there, denouncing all of this. He should have thrown caution to the wind with regards to political correctness, and called these blacks and white women rioting out as animals who are attacking the foundations of our civilization.
Instead, he did virtually nothing on either issue. He sat back, and he allowed the events to happen, without his input.
Combined, his inability to deal with either of these cascading crises is the biggest failures of any leader at any point in history, and comparisons to Nero are absolutely appropriate.
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