Trump nutball rallies turn into a great place to risk death

Donald Trump held a rally Tuesday night at Omaha, Nebraska’s Eppley Airfield that attracted somewhere between 6,000 people (the Omaha World-Herald’s estimate) and 29,000 people (Trump’s personal estimate, LOL). When the event ended at 9 p.m., the temperature was just above 30 degrees. Because of traffic and/or a shortage of buses, hundreds of attendees were stranded at the airport, some until 12:40 a.m., waiting to be shuttled back to their cars.

A Twitter account that follows Omaha emergency-services radio traffic conveyed chatter indicating that several people at the airport had to be treated for exposure to the cold; authorities say six or seven attendees were taken to the hospital, though not all those cases were necessarily related to the weather. Regardless of temperature issues, rallygoers were also at risk of contracting the coronavirus: Eastern Nebraska is home to some of the hottest COVID hot spots in the country, and photos from the event show that the crowd, which included many people who were not wearing masks, was packed tightly together.

…An article published last week by USA Today noted that countywide rates of coronavirus infection increased, by varying amounts, after five recent Trump 2020 events in the Midwest…

…The downside for voters is that, like former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain—who attended a Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 20; tested positive for COVID-19 nine days later; and permanently ceased making America great on July 30—they could die. Marathon County, Wisconsin, currently has a new daily case rate 17 times as high as New York City’s; on Monday, 11 Marathon County coronavirus patients were hospitalized, and one death was reported. One way or another, these rallies could be the last time Trump fans get to see him.

I could almost feel sorry for some of these True Believers – if it wasn’t for the bigotry that is part of the Trump belief system they embrace.

11 thoughts on “Trump nutball rallies turn into a great place to risk death

  1. Judas goats says:

    Don Jr. dismisses coronavirus deaths: ‘The number is almost nothing’ https://www.politico.com/news/2020/10/30/trump-jr-coronavirus-deaths-nothing-433665 “Roughly 1,000 Americans died from the disease on Thursday, as Trump Jr. appeared on Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s show to downplay the U.S. death toll. And among those who survive coronavirus, many have long-term damage to vital organs and lingering chronic symptoms.”
    Single-day coronavirus cases in US hit record high : As of Friday, the U.S. had tallied 8,944,934 cases of coronavirus and 228,656 deaths https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/region/united-states
    Fox News host Laura Ingraham: Trump ‘likely saved us’ by resisting ‘unproven strategies’ for fighting pandemic https://www.foxnews.com/media/laura-ingraham-trump-likely-saved-us-economy-pandemic “President Trump, having seen what a media superstar Dr. [Anthony] Fauci had become, he couldn’t just let Fauci decide everything from when it is safe to get on a train to when your kids can play t-ball again,” Ingraham said. “The media would’ve loved that, all those daily COVID briefings, all the talk of shared sacrifice as they headed off to the Hamptons to blow off steam on the weekends.”

  2. Cassandra says:

    “Coronavirus updates: US adding cases faster than 1 per second, nearing 9M cases; Fauci supports mask mandate; 228K US deaths” https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/10/30/covid-news-us-9-m-cases-ihop-los-angeles-wisconsin/6077964002/

    “US coronavirus cases hit record daily high and experts warn daily death rates will triple by mid-January” https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/30/health/us-coronavirus-friday/index.html

    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 6:15 AM · Oct 30, 2020:
    “More Testing equals more Cases. We have best testing. Deaths WAY DOWN. Hospitals have great additional capacity! Doing much better than Europe. Therapeutics working!” https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1322150249255895042

  3. Trick or treat says:

    💀 “President Donald Trump defied logic at his Michigan rally Friday, claiming that physicians “get more money” when they falsely inflate the number of COVID-19 deaths.
    And he repeated a story earlier at a Wisconsin rally that, when asked by a friend recently to name someone more famous than he is, the only name Trump could come up with was Jesus Christ. The crowd went wild.
    Trump falsely insisted to his Michigan crowd that reports of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. inflate the actual toll because doctors, for some reason, collect more money from coronavirus fatalities — so they lie about them to boost the numbers.” https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-covid-death-money-jesus-christ_n_5f9c94d4c5b65662bcc6f565
    💀 ‘Red mirage’: the ‘insidious’ scenario if Trump declares an early victory https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/31/red-mirage-trump-election-scenario-victory
    “All votes will not be counted by midnight on November 3,” said Tom Ridge, a former Republican governor of Pennsylvania and homeland security secretary under George W Bush who decries Trump’s “absolutely despicable conduct and rhetoric” about the election.”
    💀 “States with higher coronavirus death rates may see declining voter support for President Donald Trump and other Republican candidates, possibly by margins large enough to swing tight election races, a new study has found. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/danvergano/election-coronavirus-deaths-trump-swing-state
    The decline in support, reported in the journal Science Advances on Friday, mirrored the effects that casualties of the Korean War, Vietnam War, and Iraq War had on past presidents’ approval ratings with voters. https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/44/eabd8564

    • Meanwhile... says:

      The American Medical Association (AMA) on Friday issued a scathing statement condemning President Trump’s claim that doctors are purposefully inflating coronavirus case numbers, calling the suggestion “malicious, outrageous, and completely misguided.”
      Trump, while speaking at a rally in Waterford Township, Mich., on Friday, argued without evidence that doctors are improperly counting coronavirus deaths for monetary gain.
      “Our doctors get more money if somebody dies from COVID. You know that, right? I mean our doctors are very smart people. So what they do is they say ‘I’m sorry but everybody dies of COVID,'” he said. https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/523740-american-medical-association-rips-trump-claim-that-doctors-are
      President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Rochester International Airport in Rochester, Minnesota on October 30. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images (click to enlarge)

  4. Prologue says:

    President Donald Trump on Saturday night appeared to embrace the actions of supporters in Texas who surrounded a Joe Biden campaign bus in what a Biden campaign official described as an attempt to slow down the bus and run it off the road.
    Trump tweeted a video of the caravan surrounding the Biden bus with the caption, “I LOVE TEXAS!” https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/31/politics/biden-bus-2020-campaign-texas-trump-supporters/index.html
    “Hey Laredo, Don Jr. here. I heard you had an awesome turnout for the Trump Train,” Donald Trump Jr., son of President Donald Trump, said in a video tweeted by Daily Caller contributor Kambree Kawahine Koa. “It would be great if you guys would all get together, head down to McAllen and give Kamala Harris a nice Trump Train welcome… let’s show them how strong Texas still is as Trump country.” https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewsolender/2020/10/31/pro-trump-trucks-tried-running-biden-bus-off-the-road-campaign-says/?sh=108a76e7689e
    Beverly Hills police declare unlawful assembly at pro-Trump rally https://abc7.com/beverly-hills-trump-rally-unlawful-assembly-bhpd/7524318/ “Approximately 40 protesters did assemble at Roxbury Park and then marched to the USA Freedom Rally,” said Beverly Hills police Lt. Max Subin. “The protester from Roxbury Park got into a violent fight with a pro-Trump protester. It was at the point that an unlawful assembly was declared by the Incident Commander and the Roxbury Park protesters did leave and march back to Roxbury Park.”

  5. Bullyboys says:

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation is now looking into a Friday incident in Texas where supporters of President Donald Trump aggressively surrounded a Biden campaign bus on a Texas interstate, according to the Texas Tribune. https://www.wane.com/top-stories/fbi-investigating-incident-where-trump-train-surrounded-biden-bus/
    See also Texas Tribune https://www.texastribune.org/2020/10/31/biden-trump-texas-bus/
    “Where the Brownshirts Came From” https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/weekly-standard/where-the-brownshirts-came-from

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