Originally posted on June 17, 2020
What sort of leader would ask his followers to risk their health and even lives just so he can feed his insatiable need for adulation? We all know the answer, don’t we? Since the coronavirus onset all public political campaign events have been cancelled or postponed. And let’s face it, Trump absolutely needs to feed off of the roaring crowds.
This Saturday, June 20, 2020, Trump is scheduled to conduct a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It will be in a 19,000 seat indoor arena – the riskiest environment according to his own CDC. To make matters worse he is insisting that the social separation guidelines published by his own CDC will not be followed. At least temperatures will be taken and masks made available, but I’m betting that not many of his supporters will be wearing them.
The rally is dangerous enough that Trump is requiring all attendees sign a legal waiver absolving him of any blame for them coming down with the virus. Looking at the New York Times covid map and Tulsa County, you can see why they might be eager to shift the liability to others. The map below shows the increase in each county over the last two weeks ending June 16th. Tulsa County is orange, indicating the number of new cases is increasing rapidly, in its case from 21 to 60 cases/day/100,000 people.
Does Trump care? I think we all know the answer to that one. Too bad his rabid followers don’t seem to care either.
Update, June 20. New covid-19 cases yesterday (Friday) in Tulsa – 225, a new record. And, Trump just can’t help himself. Here’s his latest tweet. Threatening violence against people who don’t bow down to him continues.