Tulsa, Okla. (AP) – President Donald Trump on Saturday began his return rally by defining the upcoming election as a national heritage event and an absolute choice among left-wing extremists. But in the midst of the epidemic there are thousands of empty seats in its purposeful program of political power and coronavirus lawsuits against its own newly promoted staff.
Trump ignored health warnings for his first rally in 110 days – one of the largest internal rallies in the world during a coronavirus outbreak that killed more than 120,000 Americans and left 40 million out of work. The rally was held less than five months before the president again faced voters, with the intention of resuming his re-election efforts.
“The election in 2020 is very easy,” Trump said. “Do you want to bow to the left, or do you want to be as tall and proud as the Americans?”
For months, Trump published a paint-up about the carnivirus, which he called “kung flu,” the racist term for covid-19, which originated in China. He tried to manage the epidemic even as the number of cases continued to rise in many states, including Oklahoma.
He complained that the strong coronavirus test was tarnishing his record – and suggested that the test effort should be slow.
“The bad part here. When you test that amount, you’re going to look for more cases,” he said. “So I told my people, ‘Stop testing’, ‘They test and they test.’
“Speed up the test,” Trump’s Democratic opponent Joe Biden later tweeted.
The crowd was significantly lighter than expected in the hours before the rally, and campaign officials scrapped plans to address an overflowing area outside Trump. When Trump thundered that the “silent majority is stronger than ever,” about a third of the seats in his inner circle were vacant.
Trump blamed the media for intimidating the public and tried to shape the crowd by insisting that outside protesters were doing “bad things”. However, the small crowd of pre-rally protesters was mostly quiet and Tulsa police reported the arrest of only one person on Saturday afternoon.
Prior to the rally, Trump’s campaign revealed that six staff members who helped prepare for the event had tested positive for coronavirus. Campaign Communications Director Tim Murtoff said neither the affected workers nor anyone who contacted them immediately would attend.
The president told aides that the White House and two publicity officials who spoke on condition of anonymity had had their cases filed against the public because they were not entitled to speak privately about private conversations.
Trump devoted more than 10 minutes to his 105-minute rally – the crowd laughing – trying to explain a pair of bizarre images from his speech at West Point last weekend, blaming his slippery leather-burned shoes for blaming his head for him on the podium. Down a ramp at the time of departure. And then he announced that he used two hands to drink a cup of water that day because he didn’t want to spill water on his tie – and at the moment he drank only one hand.
But Trump also leaned hard on cultural issues, including pushing for the renaming of military bases in honor of Confederate generals after nationwide protests over racial injustice.
Trump said, “Uninterrupted leftist mobs are trying to sabotage our history, our monuments, our beautiful monuments.” “They want to destroy our heritage so that they can replace it with a new repressive government.”
Trump also expressed the idea of a one-year prison sentence for anyone convicted of burning the American flag, a protest act protected by the First Amendment. He attacked the Minnesota Repress. Ilhan Omar, who left Somalia as a child and claimed that he wanted to “make the government of our country like where he came from, Somalia: no government, no security, no. Police, nothing – just anarchy.”
“And now he’s telling us how he will run our country,” Trump continued. “No, thanks.”
After a three-month break from the rally, Trump spent the evening recovering the most hits, including epidemics প্রাক proud of the natural economy and complaints about the media. But his scattered remarks did not mention a few flashpoints, including the sudden shooting of a U.S. lawyer in Manhattan, the damaging new book by his former national security adviser, or the assassination of George Floyd.
Large rallies in the United States were shut down in March due to the coronavirus. The rally was scheduled to focus on protests by local health officials, as the Covid-19 case erupted in many states, although the host city and date were chosen – it was originally scheduled for Friday, June, where many people died in a 1921 racist attack on a town. As many as 300 people – sparked outrage in the national wave of protests against racial injustice.
But Trump and his advisers firmly believed that returning to the rally stage would reawaken the president, angrily saying he was behind Biden in the election, and reassuring increasingly concerned Republicans.
But Trump struggled to launch an effective attack against Biden, and his broadsides against the former vice president could not escape the praise of his 2016 rival Hillary Clinton almost as much as his digs.
City officials expected a crowd of one million or more people in the city of Tulsa. Trump’s campaign, as part of it, announced that it had received more than a million ticket requests. The crowd was much smaller than the one that had gathered, although the rally was broadcast via cable, also targeting voters in battlefield states such as Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Florida.
The president’s campaign sought to block protesters’ access to metal identifiers and prevent them from entering public gatherings. Three hours before the president’s speech in Tulsa, journalists from three journalists’ associations did not stop protesters from entering the rally.
The campaign handed out masks and hand sanitizers, but participants didn’t need to use them and some people did. Participants also did a temperature test.
“I don’t think it’s worse than the flu,” said Brian Bernard, 54, a retired IT worker at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who wore Trump’s 2020 hat. “I probably haven’t caught a cold or flu in 15 years, and if I still can’t catch a cold or flu, I don’t think I’ll catch Koivid.”
Lemmy reported from New York. The report was contributed by John Mone and Ellen Nickmeyer, Associated Press writers in Oklahoma Tulsa.