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    We've already got a couple of blog articles about the Trump rallies, but the one he just held in Battle Creek, Michigan deserves a little more discussion.

    By now, it's obvious that Trump loves rallies. During the 2016 primary campaign, he held 186 of them, followed by 137 during the general election campaign, with a total attendance of 1.4 million people. Since his election, he has held a LOT MORE, and they are all listed in the link below. In true Trump fashion, of course, he still owes money to at least some of the cities where he has held rallies.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_post-election_Donald_Trump_rallies

    It shouldn't be a shock to anyone that his rally on October 10 had a number of empty seats, since Minneapolis is a very liberal city. More telling, though, was the fact that his rally in Dallas a week later ALSO had a lot of seats.

    His rally in Battle Creek was the second one that he has held in Michigan to far this year, and he finally managed to shoot himself in the foot. At 2 hours, 1 minute, his speech was one minute shorter than his longest ever, possibly to distract his audience and the media—and maybe himself—from events in Washington. CNN reporter Daniel Dale, who covers Trump rallies, said it was one of his most bitter and rambling speeches ever. Notably, Trump’s anger splashed over into an attack on Michigan’s beloved recently deceased congressman John Dingell, whose wife, Representative Debbie Dingell, voted for impeachment. Trump made fun of Debbie Dingell’s call to him after her husband’s death, and then suggested John Dingell was in hell. He said this in Michigan, where Dingell is loved. Aside from anything else, this riff suggests he is so isolated in his own anger that he is no longer reading crowds effectively.

    It seems that Trump’s White House doesn’t know quite what to say about Trump’s nauseating behavior either. White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham first responded to Trump’s strike by simply saying, “You’d have to ask the president about that.” , but it didn’t take her but a hot second to double back and defend the president by claiming that he was only issuing a “counter-punch” in response to Dingell’s impeachment vote. “The president is a counter-puncher,” Grisham stated in Donald’s defense. “It was a very very supportive and wild crowd and he was just riffing on some of the things that had been happening the past few days.”

    https://politicaltribune.org/white-house-attempts-to-defend-trumps-attacks-on-grieving-congresswoman-dingell-the-president-is-a-counter-puncher/

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    Not to even mention what his rallies are costing taxpayers/voters, which is probably an astonishing dollar figure by now. It cost the government around $220,000.00 per hour to operate Air Force One, and which has already been mentioned by you the costs incurred to cities, which largely go unpaid to play host to him and his entourage. Voters/taxpayers should be pissed off at how much this is costing the government. But, I don't hear a peep from any lawmakers, especially those so called fiscally conservative republicans.

    And as we've seen in the past, his rallies are no holds barred, meaning he'll insult anyone he wishes, anytime he wishes. He did this with John Mc Cain, and he will do it to others, if you're a deceased person who he doesn't like, he'll piss on their graves and legacies, which comes as no surprise to normal people, his base expects him to insult people, that's the type of people they are. Let's face it, people elected a dickhead. I also happened to notice he flashed the white power hand sign at his rally too.

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    The folks who attend Trump rallies are more than a little unhinged, just like the guy in front of them on stage.

    Believe or not, there actually people who are even worse - and they are closer to home than you might think.

    In October of this year, "Trumpstock" was held in Golden Valley, Arizona, a town that is about 100 miles southeast of Las Vegas.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/28/us/politics/trump-2020-trumpstock.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

    The speakers included the local Republican Freedom Caucus congressman, Paul Gosar, and lesser-known conservative personalities. There was a fringe 2020 Senate candidate in Arizona who ran a website that published sexually explicit photos of women without their consent; a pro-Trump rapper whose lyrics include a racist slur aimed at Barack Obama; and a North Carolina activist who once said of Muslims, “I will kill every one of them before they get to me.”

    All were welcome, except liberals.

    “They label us white nationalists, or white supremacists,” volunteered Guy Taiho Decker, who drove from California to attend the event. A right-wing protester, he has previously been arrested on charges of making terrorist threats.

    Arizona will be a key battleground state in 2020: Democrats already flipped a Senate seat and a Tucson-based congressional district from red to blue in 2018. For Mr. Trump, big turnout from white voters in areas like Mohave County — and in rural parts of other battlegrounds like Florida, Michigan, Minnesota and Georgia — could be a lifeline in a tight election.

    On Trump's Twitter account, likely the most watched in the world, he has promoted white nationalists, anti-Muslim bigots, and believers in the QAnon conspiracy theory, which claims that top Democrats are worshiping the Devil and engaging in child sex trafficking.

    Brian Talbert, the founder of Deplorable Pride, was contacted by the White House after he was barred from the L.G.B.T. pride parade in Charlotte, N.C. At Trumpstock, Mr. Talbert, who has a history of expressing anti-Muslim beliefs on social media, gave voice to hatred of Mr. Obama and Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and Mr. Trump’s 2016 opponent.

    “I think she should be hanging at the end of a rope for treason,” he said of Mrs. Clinton.

    Trumpstock attendees say they are used to being denounced, another quality they feel they share with the president. It’s part of why they are protective of him, to the point that they refuse to acknowledge the possibility of a Trump loss in 2020.

    Mark Villalta said he had been stockpiling firearms, in case Mr. Trump’s re-election is not successful.

    “Nothing less than a civil war would happen,” Mr. Villalta said, his right hand reaching for a holstered handgun. “I don’t believe in violence, but I’ll do what I got to do.”

    In Arizona, the most prominent pro-Trump, anti-immigrant groups are AZ Patriots and Patriot Movement AZ, but there are PLENTY of similar groups across the country. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) says that it is currently tracking more than 1,600 extremist groups in the country.

    Closer to home, somebody in the development I live in had a yard sign stolen. I have no idea whether it was pro-Trump or anti-Trump, but in today's society, it's prudent not to have ANY political yard signs or bumper stickers. We all have a right to express our opinions, but there are enough crazy Trump supporters our there that I don't want to tempt some idiot to key my car because I've got a sticker supporting a Democratic candidate.

    The hat pictured below belongs to a guy who lives in our subdivision. His profile says that he is a retired Teamster, so he is likely about my age, and he was probably a truck driver in his working years. Since I'm a substitute teacher with a college degree, and he has (at best) a high school education, we aren't going to agree on very many things.

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    Here's his profile picture:

    Charlie DePhillips

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40915356

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    These hard core Trump supporters are a danger to society. I've spent time looking at what psychologists say about their genetic make-up and environment that drives them into Trump's camp, and how Trump continues to nurture those connections with endless rallies, tweets, and outright lies that his base choses to dismiss. I mean when we make comparisons to ruthless dictators of the past, the comparisons are real.

    These authoritarian bullies like Trump have a predisposed army of supporters who are genetically inclined to support a dictator and are perhaps of low intellect as well. They are emotionally driven by fear and hate of the "other". For many the genetic traits have been depressed over the years, but Trump has awakened them. I've read in several sources that about one-third of the population is predisposed to follow a dictator and that their brains are not wired to cope in a democracy. That one-third of the population has found comfort in Trump and Trumpism.

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    Yes Schmidt, as I've said before, you've got the picture, however you are an exception ; one of the few. None of the candidates see that same picture, let alone the "middle" dumb part of this country.

    These people have no clue about what an "dictatorship" is all about; until they are feeling it in their wallet; but looking at the farmers in the middle of nowhere they'll stick to him because of the subsidies.

    But one thing is for sure; the "democratic" standing of the US in the world is damaged beyond repair.

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    The History Channel remained us today that a Nazi rally was held on this date in Madison Square Garden on this date in 1939. There were more protesters outside than inside. Like the Trump rallies of today, there were isolated case of violence both inside and outside the area.

    In 1939, the target was Jews. Today, it's Muslims, Hispanics, and pretty much anybody who is not an avid supported. Even Purple Heart recipients and Gold Star families have been criticized.

    You would think that our victory in WWII would have ended discrimination against Jews, but statistics by the FBI show that Jews are targeted more often than Muslims.

    https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/americans-hold-nazi-rally-in-madison-square-garden

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    Schmidt:

    I noticed that Trump held a rally in Colorado Springs yesterday. I hope the city fumigated the arena after he left.

    During the event, he used a familiar "dog whistle" when he criticized the Academy Award winning film "Parasite" because it was from South Korea.

    “How bad were the Academy Awards this year?” Trump asked a rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The crowd responded with loud boos.

    “The winner is a movie from South Korea, what the hell was that all about?” Trump asked. “We got enough problems with South Korea with trade and on top of it, they give them the best movie of the year.”

    Apparently he wants to bring back "Gone With The Wind".

    Neon, the studio that distributed Parasite in the US, responded to Trump’s dig on Twitter with a dig of its own: “Understandable, he can’t read.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/feb/20/trump-parasite-oscar-south-korea

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    All of us would acknowledge that a lot of the folks who are Trump supporters are part of a cult, but there is another way of describing both them and the Republicans in the Senate.

    Lemmings.

    Here's a fresh look at this crowd, thanks to the Blues Brothers:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWgPPfUdydU&list=RDjWgPPfUdydU&start_radio=1

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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    The History Channel reminded us today that a Nazi rally was held on this date in Madison Square Garden on this date in 1939. There were more protesters outside than inside. Like the Trump rallies of today, there were isolated case of violence both inside and outside the area.

    In 1939, the target was Jews. Today, it's Muslims, Hispanics, and pretty much anybody who is not an avid supporter of Trump. Even Purple Heart recipients and Gold Star families have been criticized.

    You would think that our victory in WWII would have ended discrimination against Jews, but statistics by the FBI show that Jews are targeted more often than Muslims.

    https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/americans-hold-nazi-rally-in-madison-square-garden

    On one of our numerous threads recently, I mentioned that I had read Philip Roth's book, "The Plot Against America" a few years back. The story line is that Charles Lindbergh (American hero and "America First" advocate) won the 1940 election instead of FDR. The end result, (for Jewish people) was not much different than what happened to Jews in Germany.

    If you are an HBO subscriber, you'll be interested to know that David Simon will be releasing a six part miniseries about the book on March 16.

    A few months before he died, Roth said in an interview that he never intended his book as a political allegory. But by then, with the Trump administration in full swing, he agreed that the parallels between the world he invented and what was happening in contemporary America were hard to ignore: a demagogic president who openly expresses admiration for a foreign dictator; a surge of right-wing nationalism and isolationism; polarization; false narratives; xenophobia and the demonization of others.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/05/arts/television/plot-against-america-hbo-david-simon.html?referringSource=articleShare

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    The "title" was "Trump's rally's"; My only hope is that he continues those and shake lots of hands etc. So he gets the "virus", but of course survives it because he was sent by "god" and gets immediate care and attention because of his "title". So again he's above the "law" and can boost that he he is the "boss" of even the tiny minuscule "virus" things, who are in fact running the show and not him. But yeah eventually he will die too; good riddance; the world will be an better place after that, I hope.
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    Holding a rally in the state where they all support him. It's like a death wish. Virus cases have recently surged there, it can only get worse. But hey, those Oklahoma hillbillies don't care, they won't be sorry if any get sick or die, they'll pray away the virus.
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    Dockadams Wrote: Holding a rally in the state where they all support him. It's like a death wish. Virus cases have recently surged there, it can only get worse. But hey, those Oklahoma hillbillies don't care, they won't be sorry if any get sick or die, they'll pray away the virus.
    I don't believe they support him in Oklahoma itself; Tulsa has an awful "black" history which was celebrated yesterday ; so I don't believe that "all" support him. Most attendee's for his rally came from outside the most from TX. ( an "red" State with plenty of idiots.)
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    Never been happier than seeing the half empty arena waiting for Trump. What is even more incredible is listening to tRumpettes talking about the massive crowds that aren’t there!!!!! The people are standing around in the sparsely empty floor like a mourning!!!!!
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    Total lapse of logic. Trump wanted number of test reduced to eliminate false positives. His fallacy was disregarding real positives. Trump could not comprehend meaning of real positives that would be denied.
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    Again he acted like an used car salesman; the "normal" lies and B.S. There must be something very wrong in the brains of this crowd to travel all the way to see an total idiot pleading for himself. Let's hope this "cult" gets the "virus" because they "asked" for it, since they absolutely did not use any protection or stayed away 6 ft from others.