Trump’s Saturday Night Tulsa Rally a Flop?
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
The rally formally launched Trump’s reelection campaign in Tulsa’s BOK Center, his first public address since early March.
Thousands of empty seats were visible in the 19,000-seat capacity arena, clearly a disappointment to Trump, his campaign team, and staunch supporters.
Noting the overwhelmingly white, far less than full house, a former Obama regime staffer tweeted: “The emperor has no crowd.”
Hostile to Trump media highlighted the lower than anticipated turnout.
The NYT said his rally “fizzle(d).” His “attempt to revive his re-election bid sputtered badly…a small crowd” turning out to hear him.
It was far from small, just thousands less than Trump and his team wanted.
The neocon/CIA-connected Washington Post said his “grievance-filled speech (was delivered to an) unfilled arena.”
Most turning out were unmasked, foolishly and dangerously heightening the risk of spreading COVID-19 infections in a city already experiencing a spike in outbreaks.
Notably his campaign announced that six members of his advance team for the event tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Wall Street Journal reported that his “one-hour and 41-minute speech Saturday night (was delivered) before a smaller-than- expected crowd,” adding:
Outside the arena after his address, police attacked protesters with “some kind of chemical agent…(F)ist fights broke out.”
In response to the Supreme Court’s ruling for dreamers, Trump vowed to end the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program.
He called for making US flag burning a federal offense, saying he wants a “very powerful flag-burning statute.”
Under the First Amendment, flag burning, offensive language, and other actions deemed objectionable by some members of society are legal forms of free expression.
No federal, state, or local statute, or presidential order can prohibit these practices without breaching constitutional law.
Thomas Jefferson stressed that free speech and other fundamental rights “cannot be limited without being lost.”
In Palko v. Connecticut (1937), the Supreme Court called “(f)reedom of thought the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom.”
Former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall stressed “(a)bove all else, the First Amendment means that government has no power to restrict expression (regardless of its) ideas…subject matter (or) content,” adding:
“Our people are guaranteed the right to express any thought, free from government censorship,” along with all other constitutional protections – now fast eroding toward disappearing altogether.
In Texas v. Johnson (1989), Justice William Brennan, writing for the majority, said “if there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea offensive or disagreeable.”
In Matal v. Tam, the right-wing Roberts Supreme Court ruled against so-called “hate speech” laws that violate free expression — stressing the importance of “protect(ing) the freedom to express” views even when hateful or otherwise offensive.
Flag burning is a form of free expression, and thus a First Amendment constitutional right neither Trump or any other right-wing US president or Congress can legally change.
Trump’s Tulsa address followed a familiar pattern. Facts never interfere with his avoidance of truth-telling red meat in remarks to supporters.
AP News fact-checking noted numerous false claims in his address, saying:
“Many of (his) statements — on (COVID 19), public unrest over police brutality, his record on veterans and more — were inaccurate,” adding:
He made false remarks about Biden, what’s typical throughout the US political campaigns, Republicans and Dems sharing guilt.
Trump falsely took credit for Obama regime legislation benefitting veterans.
Ignoring his indifference toward public health and welfare, his utter failure in dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks, he falsely claimed that he saved “hundreds of thousands of lives.”
In April, he defied reality, claiming he saved “billions of people (who would have died) had we not done what we did.”
His profound arrogance, ignorance, contempt for ordinary people, law-breaking, and serial lying define the measure of the man — why he’s unfit for any public office, clearly not the highest.
AP News, WaPo, and other major media cited numerous false statements in his Saturday address — typical of all his public remarks.
He called for cutting back on testing, saying it’s “a double-edged sword,” adding:
“When you (test), you’re going to find more people. You’re going to find more cases. So I said to my people, slow the testing down please.”
He considers legitimate critics of his right-wing agenda “leftist radicals,” nonviolent street protesters considered “thugs.”
Throughout his time in office from day one, he one-sidedly supported privileged interests over beneficial social change — including by waging war on humanity at home and abroad.
The problem in America is that both right wings of the one-party state operate the same way.
There’s nary a difference between them on vital issues mattering most.
Independent voices for peace, equity, justice, and adherence to the rule of law are shut out of the US political process — powerless to change things electorally.
It’s why US elections are farcical, voting a waste of time when things always turn out the same way.
Dirty business is usual has been the American way throughout its history, the rarest of rare exceptions proving the rule.
The only solution is popular revolution.
Nothing less can change a hugely corrupted system that’s too debauched to transform any other way.
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“How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion, and Class War”
“Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity”