So much performance art, so little time left to the November election. Much like Trump’s refusal to consider changing the names of military bases named for traitors, Trump’s brain trust will bring carnage to Oklahoma not only in the form of COVID-19 spread, but also the virtue signaling to his base that more violence should happen. In the case of Tulsa it is about one of the serious genocidal massacres of African-Americans in US history.
Oh the synchrony. Trump tries to schedule some of his disinformation concurrent with opposition activity in order to steer those with marginal interest away and to reinforce his base. Tulsa on the Juneteenth concurrent with the announcement of the RNC and a double-down on military base-renaming is a messaging trifecta.
The first big campaign rally since the COVID-19 “pause”, noting that his desire to have rallies in February contributed to his inaction causing more deaths. Announcing it for the Juneteenth is yet another signal for neo-confederates and their “heritage” arguments plus choosing a Civil War border territory has its own issues.
Trump dearly wants some version of the 1968 chaos to return for his re-election. Because Nixon exploited the reaction of the nation to the Vietnam War for his electoral purposes. Remember he claimed he was a “peace (with honor) candidate”.
Trump’s praying for 2020 street confrontations between his followers and something, something. Maybe they can even make it site-specific in Tulsa. Maybe Trump can bring some “vicious dogs” to make the whistles more obvious. Maybe Erik Prince can stage a “direct action”.
“When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” he tweeted on May 29th, echoing a well-known phrase dating back to the civil-rights era. Mr Trump’s rhetoric is designed to project strength in the face of lawlessness. New research suggests that Republicans have in the past benefited from violence and disorder.
— Adam McGinnis (@adammcginnis) June 10, 2020
— Craig Hunter (@chunterct) December 17, 2019