Under pressure from the street, Trump decided to postpone his first electoral rally in 3 months to June 20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, so that it does not coincide with the celebration of Juneteenth commemorating the abolition of slavery. Black leaders considered it provocative as nationwide protests for weeks against police brutality against African Americans have taken place. Trump has boasted that he has been the best president for Blacks since Abraham Lincoln. Nothing to his test!
But it’s still an affront to blacks to have chosen this city. This month marks the 99e anniversary of the Tulsa massacre, considered one of the worst unleashes of racial violence in the history of the United States. Nearly 300 African-Americans were killed by white crowds who destroyed and burned homes, businesses, churches, schools, hospitals and libraries in the Greenwood area of Tulsa, the wealthiest community at the time. black from the United States.
Trump said in late April that he was anxious to resume “massive rallies” without social distancing or other “cumbersome” measures like masks. But we don’t take risks. Those who want to attend his meeting will have to sign a waiver of prosecution that exempts the Trump campaign and the organizers from “all risks associated with exposure to COVID-19”.
It reveals all of Trump’s treachery and disregard for the intelligence of his supporters.
Oklahoma, a strongly republican state, was one of the first to begin easing health restrictions: there are no limits on the size of public gatherings and no face covering is required.
“I think it makes no sense to hold a political rally during a pandemic,” said Dr Jonathan Reiner of George Washington University, adding, “It is also just as crazy to attend such an event, especially when the candidate forces you to sign a document relieving him of any responsibility if you catch COVID-19. ” Anthony Scaramucci, a former Trump communications director, called the required disclaimer “selfish” and “irresponsible”. This is another indication that Trump is ready to do anything to get re-elected. Even endanger the lives of his partisan idiots.
Republicans in general and Trump supporters in particular don’t care about protecting themselves from the coronavirus. Trump told them it wasn’t really necessary. A sign of the stupidity of Trump supporters: their lack of confidence in medical researchers. Only 31% of Republicans trust their work.
The false Republican perception of their invulnerability to the coronavirus could be due to the fact that the first victims of COVID-19 were disproportionately African-American, people who overwhelmingly support the Democrats.
At the end of May, only 21% of deaths attributed to COVID-19 were recorded in the regions that voted Trump in 2016. Coronavirus cases are now increasing rapidly in rural and peri-urban areas that strongly support Trump in Arizona, Florida, South Carolina, Arkansas and Texas.
We will now see how far the social and personal stupidity of Trump supporters goes. Will they realize the danger, now that infections are skyrocketing in areas that support Trump? Republican states are among the most backward in the country. They also have the most vulnerable populations in the United States with their inadequate health infrastructure and weak public investments in health. Not to mention that the loss of jobs has led to millions of people being deprived of health insurance.
Will the increase in virus cases in these states change republican attitudes towards the coronavirus? I fear that their social stupidity and their unconditional support for Trump will lead them to disaster. We will see the result well in the coming months.