Apparently the bloom is officially off of the rose. Trump’s much vaunted campaign launch rally is over, and to say that it was underwhelming would be kind. And the results of this rally are going to dog the Trump campaign for days, if not weeks.

It was supposed to be the Cecil B DeMille spectacular to end all spectaculars. The Trump campaign bragged that they were more than oversold out for the 19,000 seat arena that they booked.  They were going to use the convention center next door for overflow seating, with big screen TV’s  and piped in audio from the blessed event.

And in the end, it all came a cropper. I just saw footage on MSNBC, and there were two Trump acolytes sitting in what appeared to be the second balcony, their arms spread out over chair backs, with nothing but a sea of empty seats all around them. I just heard an estimate that the arena was at least 1/4 full.

But that doesn’t mean that nobody cares. There was a Black Lives Matter rally outside of the venue that by appearances may have been just about as large, if not marginally larger than the crowd inside of the arena. And they weren’t going anywhere.

This was a total debacle, and the Trump campaign and the White House knows it. Before the rally was even over, the campaign put out a bad tempered press release, blaming protesters and the media for the less than sterling crowd size. This had to come as somewhat of a surprise to the media, who had been covering the growing number of bucket heads that had lined up for seats since Tuesday.

Trump was Trump. Nothing more, and nothing less. He peddled hatred, racism, and threw out as much red meat as he could chuck while he was busy blowing a dog whistle with his mouth. He railed against the radical left, and he ranted about AOC and Ilhan Omar, and the rest of the squad, and he repeated ad nauseum his endless litany of victimization. But reporters in the arena said that actually, Trump looked listless and unenthusiastic. Personally, I think that Trump was stunned by the vast number of empty seats, which the campaign had no chance to cover up with ceiling to floor drapes.

This is freakin’ Oklahoma that we’re talking about there! Blood red Trump country. There is no way that Trump will lose Oklahoma in the general election, He specifically chose this venue because he could count on rabid support to come out and worship at the Trump alter. Trump has been frustrated and furious for months now that he couldn’t salve his savaged feelings with a good, old fashioned rally before the faithful, and instead he’s greeted with a 3/4 empty auditorium.

Take my word for it, there is going to be blood in the gutters, and not just some lower echelon drones. This was to be Trump’s triumphant emergence from hibernation, and somebody is going to have to pay. At this point there is nobody in the campaign that will be safe from Trump’s wrath.

There is no way to know what effect, if any, that the coronavirus had on his crowd size, My personal feeling is not much. The people that CNN and MSNBC were interviewing all week were faithful acolytes, they brushed off any questions about fearing infection. The simple fact of the matter is that Trump set up a rally, with a ton of lead time, and pimped the shit out of it online and in the media. But when the time came, the campaign, and Trump’s pwn supporters failed to deliver. There’s an old saying on Broadway, If Opening Night is a flop, then the show is not long for this world. And it’s hard to see this debacle as anything other than a flop.

To know the future, look to the past.before the insanity of the 2020 election, relive the insanity of the 2016 GOP primary campaign, and the general election, to see how we got to where we are. Copies of President Evil, and the sequel, President Evil II, A Clodwork Orange are available as e-books on Amazon, at the links above. Catch up before the upcoming release of the third book in the trilogy, President Evil III: All The Presidents Fen

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  1. In trump’s narcissistic mind, of course people will get out in a pandemic, in a State with infection numbers blowing up, to listen to his tired old speech circa 2015. The only thing missing was Lock her up and Build the wall chants but the audience looked too bored & tired for that. At least they know who’s to blame for the lack of testing that cost everybody their jobs in a crashed economy. They had a pandemic playbook & screwed it up anyway. Incompetent sycophants in support of an incompetent presidency.


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