One of the mainstays of President Trump’s tenure in office is that he kept up the high energy rallies that were the hallmark of his campaign. These haven’t always been popular. Some douchebag Blue State mayors have complained over the extra costs, there have been the usual comparison by our very woke but totally impartial media firefighters to the Nuremberg rallies (this crap gets so tiresome), but still he persisted. Whatever your feelings about the man, I don’t think there is any doubt that the rallies have been a major plus for Trump. It got him out of Washington instead of him bunkering down during the Russia Hoax, it gave him the chance to dominate the airwaves wherever he held one, it made the topic of discussion his issues and not whatever lie Adam Schiff was leaking on that particular day and, I think, they served as a constant reminder to Trump of why he ran for office and what he needed to be doing.
Reacting to The Great Wuhan Pandemic Hysteria of 2020, in March President Trump cancelled upcoming rallies. I think part of the reason that the left has contrived reasons to extend the ‘lockdown’ period, other than their hate for America and the American working class, is that they feared going into the 2020 election with Trump holding mega rallies that would virtually have to be given television coverage while Joe Biden slurped pudding and experienced fecal incontinence for a broom closet full of admirers.
Now President Trump has announced he’s returning to the campaign trail.
President Trump will return to the campaign trail on June 19 with a rally in Tulsa, Okla., for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak forced most of the country into quarantine three months ago, a campaign official said Wednesday, as polls show former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. establishing a significant national lead over Mr. Trump and the president’s approval ratings plummeting.
Oklahoma, a deep-red state Mr. Trump won four years ago by 36 percentage points, began lifting restrictions on businesses on April 24 and moved into Phase 3 of its reopening on June 1, allowing summer camps to open and workplaces to return with full staffing levels.
Predictably there have been howls. These have come in three flavors: a) Wuhan virus; b) venue; and c) Joe Biden.
First up, the virus. This is what
Trump campaign is unlikely to put into place any social distancing measures for rally attendees, or require wear face masks, sources said, adding that it would be unnecessary because the state is so far along in its reopening.
— Annie Karni (@anniekarni) June 10, 2020
President Trump will hit the campaign trail this month — despite the deadly coronavirus pandemic, which continues to impact the lives and livelihoods of households across the country.
"The rallies will be tremendous," a campaign manager said. https://t.co/hZ1nV45d00
— NPR (@NPR) June 9, 2020
That’s right. No face masks. No social distancing. It will be like, well, normal. I think the light is beginning to dawn in most quarters that this entire pandemic thing was grotesquely overblown and became a tool for the erosion of liberty and the arrogation of power to people who obviously can’t be trusted to exercise that power wisely…that would be the government. The weakest point about this line of attack is that the media actually have to act as though they don’t want Trump’s supporters dead. So this gambit is just pro forma, they had to nod to the public health nazis but no one thought it was going to work
The second line of attack is more thought out. It uses the killing of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter riots to claim that holding the rally before the unspecified mourning period for George Floyd is over and holding it on that particular day in that particular venue is disrespectful
President Trump hit with strong backlash over his decision to hold a campaign rally next week on Juneteenth, a holiday marking the end of slavery, in Tulsa, the site of a horrific race massacre against black people in 1921. https://t.co/xaRb64m3Vz
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 11, 2020
A Trump rally with rebel flags (a symbol of slavery and racism) in Tulsa, OK (the place of #TulsaMassacre) on Juneteenth (a day of emancipation recognition) is more than a slap in the face to African Americans; it is overt racism from the highest office in the land. #RejectRacism
— Congressman Al Green (@RepAlGreen) June 11, 2020
This attack is powerful if you believe Trump is racist (I don’t and I don’t think anyone in politics believes that given his history) or if you see Trump gaining ground in the black community (something we won’t really know with precision until after Election Day) and you want to stop the bleeding. I don’t think any of these elements make sense. The death of George Floyd was turned into a national tragedy by a some well-meaning and some profoundly evil people, that said you can’t just glide past the fact that this was in a Democrat city in a Democrat state with a Democrat police force. Sure Tulsa had a race riot. But, if we start ruling out cities that have experienced racial violence on the industrial level since the Civil War, we’ll be redlining much of America. Here is a partial list from BlackPast.org.
Civil War, Reconstruction, and Post-Reconstruction Era Violence
Detroit Race Riot, 1863
New York City Draft Riots, 1863
Memphis Riot, 1866
New Orleans Massacre, 1866
Pulaski Race Riot, 1868
Opelousas Massacre, 1868
The Meridian Race Riot, 1871
Chicot County Race War, 1871
The Colfax Massacre, 1873
Clinton (Mississippi) Riot, 1875
Hamburg Massacre, 1876
Carroll County Courthouse Massacre, 1886
Thibodaux Massacre, 1887
New Orleans Dockworkers’ Riot, 1894-1895
Virden, Illinois Race Riot, 1898
Wilmington Race Riot, 1898
Newburg, New York Race Riot, 1899
Race Riots, 1900-1960
Robert Charles Riot (New Orleans), 1900
New York City Race Riot, 1900
Atlanta Race Riot, 1906
Springfield, Illinois Race Riot, 1908
East St. Louis Race Riot, 1917
Chester, Pennsylvania Race Riot, 1917
Houston Mutiny and Race Riot, 1917
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Race Riot, 1918
Charleston (South Carolina) Riot, 1919
Washington, D.C. Riot, 1919
Chicago Race Riot, 1919
Knoxville Race Riot, 1919
Elaine, Arkansas Riot, 1919
Tulsa Race Riot, 1921
Rosewood Massacre, 1923
Harlem Race Riot, 1935
Beaumont Race Riot, 1943
Detroit Race Riot, 1943
Columbia Race Riot, 1946
Urban Uprisings, 1960-2000
Cambridge, Maryland Riot, 1963
The Harlem Race Riot, 1964
Rochester Rebellion, 1964
Jersey City Uprising, 1964
Paterson, New Jersey Uprising, 1964
Elizabeth, New Jersey Uprising, 1964
Chicago (Dixmoor) Riots, 1964
Philadelphia Race Riot, 1964
Watts Rebellion (Los Angeles), 1965
Cleveland’s Hough Riots, 1966
Chicago, Illinois Uprising, 1966
The Dayton, Ohio Uprising, 1966
Hunter’s Point, San Francisco Uprising, 1966
The Nashville Race Riot, 1967
Newark Race Riot, 1967
Plainfield, New Jersey Riot, 1967
Detroit Race Riot, 1967
Flint, Michigan Riot, 1967
Tuscon Race Riot, 1967
Grand Rapids, Michigan Uprising, 1967
The King Assassination Riots, 1968
Hartford, Connecticut Riot, 1969
Asbury Park Race Riot, 1970
Camden, New Jersey Riots, 1969 and 1971
Miami (Liberty City) Riot, 1980
Crown Heights (Brooklyn) New York Riot, 1991
Rodney King Riot, 1992
West Las Vegas Riot, 1992
St. Petersburg, Florida Riot, 1996
But why stop there? Why not go on to cities that have had racial lynchings? Why stop at states? And how about states that allowed slavery…that would include the last three slave states Kentucky, New Jersey and Delaware.
The last part of this is clearly much more contrived that the rest. I have to admit, I’d never heard of ‘Juneteenth’ until around 2000 or so. This is how Wikipedia describes it, so this may or may not be true:
Juneteenth (a portmanteau of “June” and “nineteenth”), also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day and Cel-Liberation Day, is an American holiday celebrated on June 19. On June 19, 1865, the Emancipation Proclamation which had been issued on January 1, 1863 in the United States was read to enslaved African Americans in Texas by Gordon Granger. Texas was the last Confederate State to have the proclamation announced, after the end of the American Civil War in April of that year. Texas was the most remote of the slave states, and minimal fighting meant there were few Union troops present to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation until after the war ended.
Never before, in the history of the republic, have people objected to holding a rally on a holiday, especially a mostly commemorative one. Regardless, it is hard to see how holding a rally on a holiday, especially one that is not accompanied by a shuttering of government offices, is disrespectful…other that the rather obvious race baiting.
That brings us to the Biden.
Joe Biden doesn't know what Juneteenth is:
"He’s going down to Texas on Juneteenth, right? The first major massacre … of the Black Wall Street, right?"
1. President Trump is going to Texas today, not June 19
2. Juneteenth is about emancipation
3. The massacre was in Oklahoma pic.twitter.com/vpNDQLwqBj
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 & get the APP (@TrumpWarRoom) June 11, 2020
Can you watch this and not admit that Biden is truly entering a stage of full-blown dementia? He can’t get a simple statement right. If this was a singular event, then it might not be significant, but it is not a singular event. This is the way the guy is. He’s not misspeaking or getting tongue-tied. He’s forgetting what planet he’s on.
Next up: we can expect Tulsa to the the epicenter of the Second Wave of Wuhan which never, ever would have come to pass had Trump not held a rally there.