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    Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, designed to jumpstart his campaign and reunite him with the crowds that energize him. was a huge failure. His campaign manager, Brad Parscale, along with the president himself, has spent days crowing that almost a million tickets had been reserved, and the campaign had built an outside stage for overflow crowds.

    But far fewer than the 19,000 people Tulsa’s BOK Center could hold showed up: the local fire marshal said the number was just under 6,200. Young TikTok users and fans of Korean pop music (so-called “K-Pop stans”), along with Instagram and Snapchat users, had quietly ordered tickets to prank the campaign. The technological savvy of their generation has turned political: they knew that the Trump campaign harvests information from ticket reservations, bombarding applicants with texts and requests for donations. So they set up fake accounts and phone numbers to order the tickets, then deleted the fake accounts. They also deleted their social media posts organizing the plan to keep it from the attention of the Trump campaign.

    The poor turnout after such hype was deeply embarrassing for the campaign. Trump’s people took down the outside stage and Trump blamed “protesters” who had kept supporters out of the venue for the small size of the rally, but there were few reports of any interactions between Trump supporters and protesters and no one was turned away.

    The rally itself did not deliver the punch Trump’s people had hoped. The speech was disjointed as the president rambled from one topic to another, rehashing old topics that no longer charged up the crowd, many of whom were caught on camera yawning or checking their phones. It was clear that The Lincoln Project’s needling of his difficulty raising a glass to his mouth and walking down a ramp at last week’s West Point graduation has gotten under Trump's skin: he spent more than ten minutes pushing back on those stories—the ramp was “like an ice skating rink,” he claimed-- which, of course, only reinforced them.

    Much more damning, when discussing coronavirus, he told the audience falsely that the recent spikes in infections are because there has been more testing: “When you do more testing to that extent, you are going to find more people, you will find more cases. I said to my people, ‘Slow the testing down, please.’”

    This is an astonishing admission. More than 120,000 Americans have died of Covid-19 so far, and while in some states hard hit early on numbers of cases are declining, cases are right now spiking in a number of other states in far higher numbers than increased testing would show. Experts agree that the administration’s odd reluctance to test for coronavirus cost American lives. Within hours of his statement, it was being used in a political ad against the president.

    Far from energizing Trump’s 2020 campaign, the rally made Trump look like a washed-up performer who has lost his audience and become a punchline for the new kids in town. According to White House reporter Andrew Feinberg, a Trump campaign staffer told him that Biden “should have to report our costs to the [Federal Election Commission] as a contribution to his campaign.”

    Due to the poor attendance, the outdoor event was cancelled - and six members of this team caught the virus.

    The picture below is of the overflow crowd at the rally.

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    this is Trump at the White House after the rally:

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    Trump's team, of course, has a different view of the rally:

    The President just stepped off the stage after his FIRST Trump MAGA Rally in over 3 months.

    Despite the Democrats’ best efforts to STOP us, we held the most EPIC Rally EVER with THOUSANDS of real American Patriots.

    President Trump will always fight for YOU, Thomas, no matter what. That’s why he was disappointed to learn that your name was MISSING from the Presidential Donor List that he saw right before he took the stage.

    We’re handing the President the FINAL donor list before he gets on his flight and we don’t want to give him another list without Thomas on it.

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    Here is a video of the arena, showing LOTS of empty seats:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVlgLYlYaSg

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    A lot of empty seats, but still, enough people (fools) so close together to cause a super-outbreak. We should be concerned about where and when his next rally is. I saw somewhere that he is going to visit a shipyard in my state in Marinette next week. I wonder why?

    greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/202...

    Maybe he wants Fincantieri to build him a yacht? Or, maybe he's looking for another kickback, or a quid pro quo?

    fincantieri.com/en/

    " Fincantieri successfully completed the acquisition of Manitowoc Marine Group from its parent company The Manitowoc Company, Inc. on 1 January 2009, which consisted of two shipyards in Wisconsin, including Marinette Marine, which built the first Freedom-class littoral combat ship. Fincantieri also purchased from Manitowoc Marine Group a topside repair yard in Ohio and one production plant in Wisconsin, making it one of the leading mid-sized shipbuilders in the United States for commercial and government customers, including the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard.[5] "

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fincantieri

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    Dock, it is for certain to "secure" the "kickbacks" if they get an government "contract" and of course an "photo -op"; nothing else. That is how it works in Trump world.
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    Dockadams Wrote:

    A lot of empty seats, but still, enough people (fools) so close together to cause a super-outbreak. We should be concerned about where and when his next rally is. I saw somewhere that he is going to visit a shipyard in my state in Marinette next week. I wonder why?

    greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/202...

    Maybe he wants Fincantieri to build him a yacht? Or, maybe he's looking for another kickback, or a quid pro quo?

    fincantieri.com/en/

    " Fincantieri successfully completed the acquisition of Manitowoc Marine Group from its parent company The Manitowoc Company, Inc. on 1 January 2009, which consisted of two shipyards in Wisconsin, including Marinette Marine, which built the first Freedom-class littoral combat ship. Fincantieri also purchased from Manitowoc Marine Group a topside repair yard in Ohio and one production plant in Wisconsin, making it one of the leading mid-sized shipbuilders in the United States for commercial and government customers, including the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard.[5] "

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fincantieri

    Dock:

    Although Fincantieri has been building ships in Wisconsin for over a decade, there apparently are now plans to build even BIGGER war ships in the near future. I've been in Marinette many years ago, and it's not a very big town, so I'm guessing the purpose of the trip is to show support for the company's executives.

    https://www.nbc26.com/news/local-news/marinette-shipbuilder-seeking-navy-contract

    As far as the rally goes, if you watch the video from Tulsa, very few people were wearing masks, even though they were available (and free). Trump will be Phoenix tomorrow night. Since Maricopa county just made masks mandatory, and since social distancing will be enforced, it will look a lot different than Tulsa - but it will still look pathetic.

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    As you said "seeking an Navy contract" says it all. He will say/think what is in it for me? I guarantee that he will get his "commission". That is how it works!
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    Al Jazeera gave a good explanation of Trump's rallies this morning. (The article's title was "Trump is losing it". )

    The rallies are "psychological warfare" .

    https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/trump-losing-200622100832289.html

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    The article says " A desperate and humiliated Trump may do just about anything" so that is the danger. Don't forget that "laws" or "rules' don't mean anything for him. Therefore as I've said before; it is only June, lots of things can happen before November. If you see what is happening in Kentucky, like one voting location for about 600,000 "blacks" then it is clear what they (the Trump Party) is doing to win. As I've said before it will be an "bloodbath" in November, so wake up Dem's and do something about it.
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    Dutch Wrote:
    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.)

    I think they probably did Dutch.

    "Donald Trump won the election in Oklahoma with 65.3% of the vote."

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_United_State...

    I think OK is probably one of the most red states there is.

    nytimes.com/elections/2016/results/pres...

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    Trump 2020 communications director Tim Murtaugh spun the poor attendance on Fox’s Outnumbered Overtime Monday, saying that the fire marshal ’s count for attendance at Trump’s campaign rally in Oklahoma was “wrong.” We’re only surprised he didn’t say: “Un-million people showed up, and that’s an un-lot of people!”

    Fox News’ Melissa Francis asked Murtaugh, “How can you have a million people RSVP’d that they are going to come, as the campaign said, and only 6,200 show up? How do you explain that disparity in numbers?”

    “First, we know how many people went through the magnetometers that are set up by the Secret Service, and it was 12,000 so the fire marshal is wrong,” Murtaugh said.

    But, we’ve all seen the photos of empty blue seats. Unless the campaign is going to claim that Trump supporters dressed as blue seats, then his claims just don’t hold water. Trump spoke for nearly fourteen minutes at the rally on the perils of navigating down a simple ramp. Trump fans could be seen yawning as he meandered on.

    https://politicaltribune.org/trump-campaign-claims-fire-marshals-attendance-count-for-tulsa-rally-is-wrong/

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    Trump’s people could have simply explained the empty seats as the people didn’t follow the social distancing recommendation. The crowd disregarded safety recommendations and crowded onto the floor to get closer to tRump.
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    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.

    Schmidt post is dead on target. I agree that people have genetic traits the predisposes them to have personalities with specific likes and dislikes, and this has a impact on their political connections. We probably could transplant 25% of US population into an authorization country and they would quickly fit right into the culture of having the government controlling their lives. In our country, they are free to find a repressive religion that fits their need to be controlled by a high restrictive set of rules that mandated by a few men.

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    I guess it is getting crazier per day. He held an "rally" in an "mega' church in Arizona for students for Trump.

    Just looking at this, then I think that this whole country has become nuts. First of holding such in an "church" is totally opposite the rule of "separation" between "church" and "State". Then on top of that an "mega" church run by two total idiots just for the "money" . I bet they have both an private jet or yacht. Then on top of that the "students" who should not be "indoctrinated" by an Trump culture, which will ruin their futures.

    Also on this trip he "signed an piece of the "wall" which is another ridiculous move; since it is built with our tax money, it should be clear it does not belong to him, but I guess he gets the "commission" from it.

    The guy is getting absolute to be the worst lunatic we ever had as President, but 43% still think "Jesus" is proud of him.

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    During his 90 minutes speech in Phoenix yesterday, Trump spent roughly 10 minutes discussing the virus - and none of those 10 minutes included sympathy for COVID-19 patients.

    Although Phoenix now has a mandatory max rule in force, very few people in the audience had them on - even though they were free.

    Arizona is one of the states where coronavirus cases are spiking.

    • As of Monday, Arizona had 1,194 known deaths from COVID-19. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation was projecting the state's death toll will increase more than sixfold by Oct. 1 and reach 7,415 deaths, up from last week's projection of 4,762 as of Monday.
    • ICU beds for patients with suspected and confirmed COVID-19 hit its highest number on Sunday, with 464 patients in the ICU, surpassing Saturday's 452 patients.
    • Emergency department visits for patients with suspected and confirmed positive COVID-19 also reached its highest level on Sunday, with 931 patients seen for COVID-19 in emergency rooms.
    • Inpatients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 tallied 1,449 as of Sunday, trailing only Saturday's 1,457 inpatients. This was the 14th consecutive day that hospitalizations statewide have eclipsed 1,000, the highest they’ve been since the state began reporting the data on April 8.
    • Maricopa County on June 8 ranked 26th of all counties in the U.S. for its number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. By Monday, that ranking had jumped to 17th.
    • Mohave County on Friday issued a strongly worded warning about an "alarming spike in cases" in the northern Arizona county and said not enough businesses and individuals are maintaining vigilance in adhering to guidelines from public health officials.
    • Yuma County health officials on Monday afternoon confirmed 125 new cases of COVID-19 and two new deaths, bringing the total case count to 3,404 and total deaths to 51. Cases and deaths have more than tripled since May 25, Yuma County data shows.

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-health/2020/06/16/doctors-data-raise-concerns-arizonas-covid-19-situation/3193042001/

    If Trump continues to hold rallies, he is literally killing off his supporters, making his re-election even more challenging.

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    Trump of course has used Covid-19 as just another issue to divide us. He believes that the American public will tire of the masks and social distancing and flock to his side. He is partially right, but when those rally attendees start bringing the virus home to family and friends, that part of the American psyche will shift. Even some of the red state governors are now having second thoughts and asking or mandating masks.

    Ultimately Trump's vanity (narcissism) will be the biggest difference for why he will lose the election in November. He could easily have come out as a proponent for masks, but he didn't want his picture taken with a mask. So he had to stick with the story that the the virus will "just go away".

    Another "divide and conquer" moment, but in this case the virus might conquer him. It doesn't distinguish Republican from Democrat, but wearing masks helps helps the strong survive.