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Assault on America, Day 534: Millions rejoice as 2020 Trump campaign relaunches in Tulsa

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Tulsa Trump rally to hit liberals where it hurts, in the enthusiasm void

If it could be said that the recent nationwide “protests”/riots/Democrat organizing schemes resulted from years of pent up inner-city resident anger and resentment of police forces in African-American communities, this weekend’s Trump reelection rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will unleash a different -- if not opposite -- kind of suppressed emotion.

Make no mistake, there will be plenty of rage present, but it will be attributable to month after unanswered month of Democrat and media assaults on the president and his Make America Great Again agenda which is backed by tens of millions of conservatives and patriotic people from coast-to-coast. First was the ridiculous-on-its-face impeachment trial/farce in January and February where Democrats ran roughshod over the truth and established precedent to press formal charges against the president for no legitimate reason.

Then there was the never-ending savagery Trump and his administration endured regarding their response to the Chinese Communist Party (or Wuhan, if you prefer) virus. More recently, the executive’s attempts to counter the strong leftist insurgency inspired by the hopelessly mis-labeled #BlackLivesMatter movement provided his opposition ample means to attack him. The Republican president has taken a thrashing from practically every side -- including from some in his own party -- and all things considered, has emerged reasonably strong from the onslaught.

This weekend Trump hits the campaign trail in Oklahoma. As would be expected, his political enemies assailed the decision to return to largescale rallies amidst a worldwide viral pandemic. In doing so, they derisively claimed he doesn’t care about public health (which obviously isn’t true) or the lives of his voters, their families and communities. But judging by the shocking number of ticket requests and data collection surrounding the date, Trump’s boosters are just as anxious to release their latent enthusiasm as he is to receive it.

People have been gushing about the rally for days. Katherine Doyle reported at The Washington Examiner a few days ago, “Vice President Mike Pence said the Trump campaign had identified a new venue for the president's comeback rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“’It’s all a work in progress. We’ve had such an overwhelming response that we’re also looking at another venue. We’re also looking at outside activities,’ Pence said on Fox News's Fox and Friends on Tuesday. More than 1 million supporters have requested tickets to the June 20 event, he said.

“It's not clear why the move is being contemplated. And Pence did not say what he meant by ‘outside activities,’ though criticism is mounting that the scheduled indoor event could spread the coronavirus.”

At the outset it should be noted the occasion was originally scheduled for today, June 19th, which happens to mark a little known (outside of the African-American sphere at least) holiday called “Juneteenth.” According to Wikipedia, Juneteenth is, “also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Cel-Liberation Day, is an American holiday celebrated annually on June 19. It commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union general Gordon Granger read federal orders in Galveston, Texas, that all previously enslaved people in Texas were free. Although the Emancipation Proclamation had formally freed them almost two and a half years earlier, and the American Civil War had largely ended with the defeat of the Confederate States in April, Texas was the most remote of the slave states, with a low presence of Union troops, so enforcement of the proclamation had been slow and inconsistent. Celebrations date to 1866.”

It’s certainly a day Americans could stand to know more about since slavery and its aftermath are at the forefront of nearly every public policy discussion these days. Most people probably associate the end of the Civil War and passage of the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments with the termination of the peculiar institution. There’s another part to the story, apparently, and Trump was smart to call attention to it.

Needless to say, Tulsa was also the scene of one of the most -- if not the worst -- race riot in our nation’s history. The unrest took place in 1921 and modern-day estimates set the number killed at 75–100 to 150–300 dead. By comparison, the estimated nationwide death toll from the recent riots was in the teens.

In light of current sensitivities to all things race, Trump announced his big extravaganza would be moved back a day, a wise concession that (somewhat) satiated one of the multitude of worries the gripers were complaining about. Even the slightest appearance of insensitivity provides fodder for small-picture boo birds to squawk. Trump tweeted that he was listening to friends in the African-American community who advised him to move it back. Well done.

The majority of “concern” from would-be rally nix-ers involved the purported “danger” of spreading the coronavirus. Not so ironically, many of these same people routinely ripped Trump for his response to the health crisis and then questioned his motivations for urging states to reopen their economies. Now they’re springing from the woodworks like cockroaches in a seedy kitchen to berate his desire to campaign for reelection. Of course, they’re all for citizens protesting “injustice” in mass gatherings of hundreds, thousands or hundreds of thousands, but apparently a different sort of political assembly -- one with tickets, temperature screenings, masks and distribution of hand sanitizer -- doesn’t mollify their qualms.

It’s just the latest iteration of “rules for thee, not for me” liberal hypocrisy that allowed Democrats to callously wreck the reputation of Brett Kavanaugh but not bother delving deeper into the past sins of Grampa Joe Biden. Hard as it is to believe, this instance of duplicity might be even more egregious than that one considering hour upon hour of news video shows disgruntled young people blatantly ignoring social distancing guidelines, and, in many instances, mandates to don personal protective equipment (a.k.a., masks) in the “protests”.

As many of us have argued since the beginning of the coronavirus lockdowns, somewhere along the line freedom-of-choice must reign. There’s no such thing as absolute safety in public and there are many, many threats enmeshed with mingling with gobs of human beings in close proximity. COVID-19 may be the discussion topic of the hour, but it hasn’t led to an end to the other, less headlining communicable ailments.

Why not allow people to assume the risk? No one’s forcing Americans to journey to Tulsa to see Trump speak, but there were over a million ticket requests for the rally. By that measure, conservatives are obviously ready to resume more of a normal existence. Months of experience with the coronavirus demonstrates that it’s primarily dangerous to the most vulnerable -- the elderly and people with preexisting health conditions -- and the rest of the people either are completely asymptomatic or recover as they would with a “normal” flu.

Likewise, the country is in much improved position to treat cases of COVID-19 after hospitals were provided additional ventilators and newly devised treatments. While it’s possible there will be a “spike” of cases after the George Floyd street demonstrations, no mad rush to the med center is materializing. As noted above, Trump’s managers are going the extra mile to keep things safe. Put it this way -- if Joe Biden were the speaker instead of Trump, Democrats would be whistling a different tune.

Political events will also encourage people to feel “normal” again and that it’s okay to leave the sterile confines of home and live a little. Those most at risk should continue to avoid situations where they might contract the virus. For everyone else, it’s a manageable risk.

Democrats are afraid Trump will spread his message… not the coronavirus

So what are they really afraid of? Several things, actually. First and foremost, when tens of thousands cheer his appearances, with tens of thousands more American flag-waving fanatics outside the location watching on video screens and following along it’s much harder to spin the narrative that Trump is hopelessly unpopular and divisive.

In 2016, Trump’s legendary energy and the boundless enthusiasm of his backers produced rally after packed rally with people not only expressing their political views, but having a great time in doing so. The media often pans Trump for being arrogant, verbose and egotistical, but his fans see him in a different light. Trump represents the “forgotten Americans” better than any politician since Ronald Reagan. Attending a rally checks several boxes for prideful patriots who simply love their country and its traditions. Trump is their champion, a fighter who never gets knocked down and doesn’t ever retreat.

And they’re fed up with being lectured how awful America is by sign brandishing, slogan shouting malcontents. For the millions in the arena and watching on TV tomorrow night, Trump won’t echo the media’s depressing doom and gloom scenario.

Beyond the most basic storyline, Trump’s enemies are worried about the effectiveness of Trump’s campaign apparatus, especially in terms of data collection, use of social media and digital organization. Stacey Lennox explained it perfectly the other day at PJ Media. In a piece titled, “'It's the Enthusiasm Stupid!' And Team Trump Seems to Know How to Generate It,” Lennox concluded, “Superior data, a more engaging strategy, and enthusiasm are all on President Trump’s side. Do not let this be a cautionary tale. There is no time to be content or assume anything. It is time to turn up the dial by telling the truth about Trump’s record and prepare for continued vicious attacks. Team Trump is doing the heavy lifting. But we all need to carry our weight.”

Tomorrow in Tulsa we’ll see what Trump’s campaign brains have in mind. The embattled president’s had a rough go of it lately, but political winds switch quickly, and if anyone can get the weathervane turned back in the right direction, it’s Trump.

Suggestion for Trump: Run your Tweets past Kellyanne Conway

After three-plus years of the Donald Trump presidency it’s sometimes hard to remember how Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon took over the 2016 Trump campaign and set their candidate on a messaging course that ended with victory on Election Day.

Bannon was out in 2017, but (presumably) Conway is still one of the president’s top advisors. She’s got terrific political instincts and could serve to soften up some of the candidate’s more destructive social media urges. Since Trump gets in trouble over “tone” and for being “divisive,” perhaps someone like Conway could filter out the impulses that draw the worst of the publicity while letting Trump still be Trump.

The media will find other ways to hate on Trump, but at least he won’t be providing them with as much ammunition. Conway could be the key to winning over enough independents and wavering suburban Republicans who like his policies but don’t like him. I’d say give it a try, Mr. Trump. To paraphrase you, what have you got to lose?

Outside the DC Beltway, people expect Trump to win by a landslide

We’ve heard it a lot lately -- gleeful liberal pundits obsessing over opinion surveys showing Joe Biden opening up and widening a national polling lead. Beyond the establishment-dominated cities, however, Republicans note a different type of sentiment. David Siders reported at Politico earlier this week, “Interviews with more than 50 state, district and county Republican Party chairs depict a version of the electoral landscape that is no worse for Trump than six months ago — and possibly even slightly better. According to this view, the coronavirus is on its way out and the economy is coming back. Polls are unreliable, Joe Biden is too frail to last, and the media still doesn’t get it...

“Five months before the election, many state and county Republican Party chairs predict a close election. Yet from the Eastern seaboard to the West Coast and the battlegrounds in between, there is an overriding belief that, just as Trump defied political gravity four years ago, there’s no reason he won’t do it again.”

This isn’t overconfidence. It’s a gut feeling backed by anecdotal evidence and on-the-ground observation. Deny it if you will.

Siders’ article sums up what many of us speculated was occurring in terms of attitudes towards the upcoming election. Many commentators have called it the “Silent Majority” of Americans who’re too stunned and intimidated by the leftist rabble to say what they’re really thinking to pollsters. Common sense says decent people don’t take kindly to seeing buildings burning, miscreants seizing city centers, Democrat politicians coddling the “protesters” and precious monuments -- like the World War II and Lincoln memorials -- being defiled and desecrated.

If NFL athletes’ vows are any indication, the “protests” and disgraceful disrespect promises to continue well into the fall, giving Trump yet another way to distinguish himself from the hate-America crowd bolstered by out-of-touch Democrats.

Saturday marks yet another milestone in an already beyond-belief 2020 campaign. President Donald Trump will speak to an assembled crowd of tens of thousands in Tulsa, but his message will be transmitted to millions more across the country. The left has had its say of late -- it’s time to counterpunch. Expect Trump to come out fighting.

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