On Sunday, tens of thousands of protestors rallied in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Antonio and Boston to show support for the rights of black transgenders, a group we’re told that “is particularly at risk of violence and of being killed.” An estimated 25,000 marched down the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and organizers of the Brooklyn, NY event claimed the crowd numbered around 15,000.
These events came after protests had rocked the country for three weeks following the death of George Floyd. Moreover, many of the protests quickly gave way to riots and out of control looting which caused extensive damage and financial loss to businesses in cities throughout the U.S.
Forgetting that any of this ever happened, Democrats are in an uproar over President Trump’s forthcoming rally in Tulsa, OK this Saturday.
This is the President’s first campaign rally in three months and the demand for tickets has been extraordinary. On Monday, Brad Parscale, the Trump campaign manager, tweeted that the number of ticket requests topped one million.
Before entering each guest will get:
There will be precautions for the heat and bottled water as well.
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) June 15, 2020
Needless to say, at a time when Democrats prefer to see their party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Joe Biden, remain in his basement, they want to do everything they can to stop what is sure to be a blowout night for the President.
Democrats are angry. Actually they are outraged that Trump would hold an unnecessary rally when the country is still fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
This issue was on the mind of every White House correspondent as they arrived for Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s Wednesday briefing.
CNN’s blowhard White House reporter, Jim Acosta, who has tussled with McEnany previously, and has never prevailed, asked her what precautions the Trump campaign would be taking to keep Americans safe at the rally? He pointed out CDC guidelines, etc.
She replied that each participant would be given a mask and hand sanitizer. Each attendee’s temperature would be checked.
Finally, Acosta said that CDC guidelines require social distancing. He asked, “You’re not going to be able to practice social distancing in a rally with thousands of people. So aren’t you in essence bringing people to a rally where they won’t be abiding by those guidelines?”
McEnany, as always, came loaded for bear. She told Acosta, “It is the personal choice of individuals as to what to do, but if we want to talk about internal coherence, I believe that the media needs to work on internal coherence.”
She reached into her binder and pulled out a copy of the front page of the New York Post. The headline read, “Sick Hypocrisy.” It showed two pictures side by side. One photo showed throngs of people at a recent Black Lives Matter event and the other showed a far more reasonably attended Trump rally. She pointed out that the media declares protests “OK” and Trump rallies “not OK.”
“I think that the American people have taken notice when, for instance, NBC tweets at 4:05 PM on June 14, ‘Rally for black trans lives draws packed crowds Brooklyn Museum plaza,’ seeming to be lauding the protest, and less than an hour and a half later they say ‘President Trump plans to rally but public health experts are questioning that decision.’ CBS had a similar, logically inconsistent tweet.”
Acosta began asking her if the President would take responsibility for the health of the attendees. McEnany interrupted and said, “I have taken five of your questions. Work on your internal cohesion and get back to me.”
Reporters continued to express their concerns about the wisdom of holding this rally, and she continued to hit back against the double standard.
“The lockdown protesters were widely condemned by the media,” she noted. “They were protesting the lockdown. All of the sudden this protest for Black Lives Matter was lauded. It makes no sense. Ideology is driving the line of questioning in many of these cases, when it should be, if you are focused on science, you should be out there asking these same questions about the protests.”
Time after time, Acosta tries to get the best of McEnany. He’s like a puppy nipping at her ankles. She keeps kicking him away, but he always returns.
Yamiche Alcindor, who covers the White House for PBS NewsHour, constantly spars with McEnany. She has frequently clashed with President Trump as well. In several tweets below, Alcindor wants to know “who told President Trump that it was safe to hold a rally in Oklahoma as well as which health officials he consulted before deciding to hold it in the state which is seeing an uptick in COVID-19 cases.” In a separate tweet, she writes that Oklahoma reported a “record” 96 new cases today.
Oklahoma has actually been one of the states least hardest hit by the virus. They have reported 364 deaths. Looking at the number of deaths per million residents offers a more accurate understanding of the situation in a given state. For Oklahoma, that number is 92.
In the meantime, with the exception of California which has had a surprisingly low number of total deaths (5,277), and deaths per million residents (134), states which have seen the largest protests and riots have far higher death tolls. Most of New York State’s deaths from COVID occurred in New York City and the surrounding suburbs which is where the protests and the riots have taken place. The total death per million residents from this area would be significantly higher than 1,596.
Data Source: Total Total
Worldometers.com COVID Deaths COVID Deaths Per Million
New York: 31,042 1,596
Minnesota: 1,357 241
Illinois: 6,485 512
Massachusetts: 7,734 1,122
So, thanks for your concern Dems, but no thanks.
.@PressSec says the Trump campaign is taking "pre-cautions" at rally like having masks, sanitizer & temp checks. She adds attendees assume some "risk" & that's "part of life."
(Oklahoma officials said today 96 ppl tested positive for COVID-19, a new record for daily increase.)
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) June 17, 2020
WH Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany is repeatedly refusing to answer who told President Trump that it was safe to hold a rally in Oklahoma as well as which health officials he consulted before deciding to hold it in the state which is seeing an uptick in COVID-19 cases.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) June 17, 2020