Seriously? Public health experts want to cancel President Donald Trump’s first MAGA rally in months, even as massive, uninhibited protests around the nation have brought much “social distancing” to an informal end.
Citing fears of coronavirus, the health director of Tulsa, Oklahoma is pleading with Trump to postpone Saturday’s event so as not to endanger himself and his supporters.
Trump’s plans to hold the rally have been met with predictable finger-wagging from the press — the same media that have cheered on massive protests, violent and non-violent, over police brutality across the country.
But Dr. Bruce Dart, Tulsa’s health director, sounded earnest enough when he asked Trump to come at another time, citing a “significant increase in our case trends.”
“I think it’s an honor for Tulsa to have a sitting president want to come and visit our community, but not during a pandemic,” he said. “I’m concerned about our ability to protect anyone who attends a large, indoor event, and I’m also concerned about our ability to ensure the president stays safe as well.”
The city marked 225 new cases on Saturday.
“A large indoor rally with 19-20,000 people is a huge risk factor today in Tulsa, Oklahoma,” Dart added. “I want to make sure we can keep everyone in that building safe, including the president.”
Double standard on social distancing galls
The president’s rally will be his first since the pandemic forced him off the campaign trail in March.
Rally attendees have had to sign a disclaimer agreeing not to hold the Trump campaign liable if they catch the coronavirus.
Trump agreed to shift the date after people were upset with a coincidence in timing with Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in America. It comes as America has faced its worst racial unrest in generations, with large demonstrations and rioting in cities all over, bringing an effective end to much of the concern over “social distancing” — or at least, a pattern of selective enforcement that has sown distrust.
While Dr. Anthony Fauci has expressed uneasiness with the protests, the loud condemnation that greeted lockdown protesters in weeks past has largely been absent, leaving many to assume that politics is now dictating public health policy.
Unfortunately for Dr. Dart, “social distancing” is fast becoming old news for a lot of people — and that isn’t the president’s fault.