Deciding where to schedule Donald Trump’s next political rally is a little like finding a government site for spent nuclear fuel rods. No one wants it, and you’re certain to endanger innocent people.
This isn’t merely annoying — like getting a second Olive Garden in your town when no one asked for one. Donald Trump’s decision to hold a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, over the weekend is flat-out dangerous, considering the Pavlovian hold he has over his red-hatted horde and the fact that he’s convinced them masks are for losers, nerds, and assorted commies.
Even deep-red Oklahoma is less than sanguine about his upcoming “I Have a Krispy Kreme” speech. For all the obvious reasons.
In fact, Tulsa World, the city’s leading daily newspaper, has a simple message for our little low-rent Goebbels: Stay the fuck home.
This is the wrong time …
Tulsa is still dealing with the challenges created by a pandemic. The city and state have authorized reopening, but that doesn’t make a mass indoor gathering of people pressed closely together and cheering a good idea. There is no treatment for COVID-19 and no vaccine. It will be our health care system that will have to deal with whatever effects follow.The public health concern would apply whether it were Donald Trump, Joe Biden or anyone else who was planning a mass rally at the BOK.
And the wrong place …
Tulsa and the nation remain on edge after the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Trump, a divisive figure, will attract protests, the vast majority of which we expect to be peaceful. But there may also be confrontation and inappropriate behavior from some. His 2016 Tulsa rally provoked a heated response for some, and his ability to provoke opponents has only grown since then.
There’s no reason to think a Trump appearance in Tulsa will have any effect on November’s election outcome in Tulsa or Oklahoma. It has already concentrated the world’s attention of the fact that Trump will be rallying in a city that 99 years ago was the site of a bloody race massacre.
Meanwhile, every municipal government across the country is wise to the fact that Trump simply loves to whine and dash. He leaves unpaid bills in his wake as if his job were still bankrupting casinos instead of whole countries. So more Trump-induced ferment is not what Tulsa, or any other city, needs right now:
Again, Tulsa will be largely alone in dealing with what happens at a time when the city’s budget resources have already been stretched thin.
So stay home, Trump. No one needs a chaos agent in their town — particularly one as cheap and expensive as you.
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