Donald Trump’s first rally back on the campaign trail since COVID-19 began shutting down venues in March did not go as planned. A dismal showing of supporters, which Trump claimed would be nearly a million people, turned out to not even be enough to fill an arena with a capacity of 19,000.
Trump begins his speech in Tulsa by goading his audience into booing "the fake news" for pointing out that going to this rally amid a pandemic is risky pic.twitter.com/7ySuYMd0kY
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 21, 2020
Some parts of the rally, though, did go as expected. Trump made an absolute fool of himself, demonstrating at some length that he can drink a glass of water with one hand. The Trump supporters’ standards are so low at this point, they cheered him for holding a glass correctly.
Trump also went on quite a long diatribe about the infamous ramp incident, explaining that he just didn’t want the media to catch him “falling on my a**.” According to The Daily Beast, Trump spent some time on that particular rant.
‘Speaking to a less-than-packed arena crowd in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday night, Trump said that the viral video of his slow walk down the ramp—a walk that triggered speculation about his health in the media—was done so the “fake news” wouldn’t catch him “falling on my ass.”’
Trump held a rally in a middle of a pandemic to prove he can drink water like a normal human being. pic.twitter.com/XjpAlyr3Md
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Trump told rally attendees, many of whom refused to wear a mask to protect themselves and everyone around them from contracting a virus that has killed more than 120,000 Americans, that the “fake news media” had lied about the pandemic, specifically to convince people not to attend Trump’s rallies.
Trump also admitted to “slowing the testing down” during the COVID-19 crisis because he wanted to keep the numbers being reported as low as possible to avoid criticism of his leadership.
President Trump risked thousands of people’s health to explain—at some length—why he walked gingerly down a ramp at his recent commencement address at West Point. https://t.co/nql7ERvyGv
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) June 21, 2020
After President Trump threatened protestors with violence and arrest on Twitter prior to the rally, Trump’s son Eric topped him by telling the rally crowd that the Black Lives Matter protestors are “animals” and criticized protests by saying “that’s not what Americans do.” Apparently, he’s never heard of the Boston Tea Party.
‘We’re going to keep the moral fabric of this country,” he claimed, with wife Lara by his side. “Because when you watch the nonsense on TV, when you see these animals literally taking over our cities, burning down churches, this isn’t America. That’s not what Americans do.’
President Trump, at his Oklahoma rally, says he asked to "slow the testing down" because an increase in testing leads to an increase in coronavirus cases https://t.co/wwD49yR24K pic.twitter.com/h3r7nQzsqA
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) June 21, 2020
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