As this shit show unfolds here is a place for you to shovel all of that shit.
First off there was this just to start the show off right.
Courtesy of CNN:
The Trump campaign confirmed six staffers working on the Tulsa rally tested positive for coronavirus.
“Per safety protocols, campaign staff are tested for COVID-19 before events. Six members of the advance team tested positive out of hundreds of tests performed, and quarantine procedures were immediately implemented. No COVID-positive staffers or anyone in immediate contact will be at today’s rally or near attendees and elected officials. As previously announced, all rally attendees are given temperature checks before going through security, at which point they are given wristbands, facemasks and hand sanitizer,” Tim Murtaugh, Campaign Communications Director, said in a statement.
As predicted there are virtually no face masks in the crowd and social distancing is all but unheard of.
Courtesy of NYT:
The mood among many supporters was exuberant as they awaited the president’s return to the campaign trail after months without rallies amid the coronavirus outbreak. Some attendees already knew each other from previous Trump events and reunited with old friends, others played music or struck up chants of “four more years!”
A few hundred supporters gathered Saturday morning at Fourth and Cheyenne, the first rally checkpoint, about two blocks from the arena. A majority of them wore red MAGA hats, while others had on hats with patriotic emblems or colors. Some waved red, white and blue banners with the Trump 2020 logo, the American flag, or the “Don’t Tread on Me” flag.
Some wore them like capes. Almost none wore masks.
“If it is God’s will that I get coronavirus, that is the will of the Almighty,” said Robert Montanelli, a resident of a Tulsa suburb who chose not to wear a mask. “I will not live in fear.”
I wonder what he will be saying if he tests positive and his lungs and kidneys start shutting down?
It was not just Trump supporters outside of the BOK Center, there were also quite a few protesters.
Including a certain orange-tinted diapered mainstay.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) June 20, 2020
No matter how many times I see that I can never get over how uncanny the resemblance.
And of course, free speech was under attack from the get-go.
This Tulsa native was hauled off and arrested by the police simply for wearing a t-shirt that said “I Can’t Breathe.”
Sheila Buck was wearing an “I Can’t Breathe” shirt at #TrumpsCoronavirusRally.
Thulsa Police arrested her for “trespassing” even though she had a ticket for that shitty event.
Sheila Buck is a bucking hero.pic.twitter.com/p7fdl1sJJJ
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) June 20, 2020
Sheila Buck, a heroine for our times.
As the event started the number of empty seats inside was a stark reminder that we are in the middle of a pandemic and that Trump is losing supporters at an amazing rate.
A fuller view of stadium as program begins pic.twitter.com/xGdqTpwi1L
— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) June 20, 2020
By the way, I will come back to this post periodically tonight to update it, but do not expect me to watch Trump’s speeches or provide any kind of transcript.
You could not pay me enough to subject my sanity to the lunacy laced drivel that is sure to pour out of Trump’s anus shaped maw tonight.
However, feel free to share clips and comments of your own.
After all, that is what open threads are for.
Update: When Trump is in his safe space he will admit to all kinds of wrongdoing.
ICYMI:@realDonaldTrump admits during this small rally that he ordered the federal government to slow down testing to make the number of positive tests appear lower.
— Biden War Room (Text UNITED to 30330) (@BidenWarRoom) June 21, 2020
So he is endangering the American people for purely political reasons.
Update 2: Here is Trump showing off that he can drink water like a big boy.
Trump demonstrates lifting glass to his mouth. Crowd goes wild. pic.twitter.com/YmOj7MrEho
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) June 21, 2020
Man, this crowd has extremely low expectations for their leader.