Last week the Trump campaign announced they were going to conclude the convention with a fireworks display that would be entertainment for the large gathering of pro-Trump supporters who would hold a rally in front of the White House. In fact, the only gathering outside the White House yesterday was a BLM group getting ready for a rally that is expected to draw more than 50,000 people today. And believe me, nobody at today’s rally will be there to support Trump.
Today, the 538 national aggregate poll has Joe with a 9-point lead. It’s still too early to see whether Trump will get a ‘bump’ from the convention, but if Nielsen ratings are any guide, don’t expect the RNC event to result in any change at all. The third night’s viewership number was pegged at 15 million, a drop of some 2 million from the night before. The third night of the DNC drew some 22 million viewers, but as my sister remarked, how could you compare Kamala Harris to Mike Pence?
At some point around mid-September, the fatality rate from Covid-19 will hit 200,000. And of all the mind-numbing statements that Trump made last night about the virus, here’s the one that really caught my eye: “To save as many lives as possible, we are focusing on the science, the facts and the data.”
To believe that statement, you have to be blind, stupid, and dumb. But I don’t actually blame Trump for saying what he said because what’s he going to do? Run for re-election as the guy whose continued inaction about the pandemic is still giving us more than 1,000 fatalities every day?
What do I mean by ‘inaction?’ I mean the fact that the crowd sitting in front of Trump last night weren’t wearing masks and they weren’t six feet apart. Neither was the crowd earing masks who provided a small audience the previous night for Mike Pence. Every scientist that I know of insists that we should all be eating masks the moment we step outdoors. But Trump still insists that neither he nor any of his followers need to wear masks.
Tonight Trump is going to show up at a small hangar across the street from the Manchester Airport in New Hampshire to re-do the campaign rally that was cancelled last month. The State of New Hampshire requires masks for everyone who enters a room in which there are 100 people or more. The rally organizers claim they will give out masks and enforce the state law. Think that Trump will be wearing a mask? Yea, right.
Yesterday health officials in New Hampshire confirmed that at least six state residents who attended the Harley booze-and-chili festival in Sturgis, SD earlier this month. This week there’s a big motorcycle meet at Laconia, NH which happens to be less than 20 miles up the road from where Trump is scheduled to speak. Think that any of the bike-riders who come down from Laconia to the Manchester Airport will be wearing masks?
I’m at the point where I really hope the November election becomes a plebiscite not on Trump’s dismal performance as President, but on whether or not we should wear masks and keep at least six feet apart. After all, if we listen to the scientists whose advice Trump claims he respects, we don’t need to wear no stinkin’ masks and we can all sit side-by-side.
Whenever I read anything attributed to Trump, the words from Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities rings through my head: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity…”
In less than 70 days we’ll find out 50% plus one of the voters in four swing states agree with Trump that it’s the best of times.