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Trump Rally Spread Virus To Hundreds In Tulsa, Say Health Officials

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

While a lot of bombshell stories in the Trump era have been unpredictable, this one was not. Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Bruce Dart said on Wednesday that the president's recent rally in the city "likely contributed" to the surging outbreak of COVID-19, the Associated Press reported.

"In the past few days, we've seen almost 500 new cases, and we had several large events just over two weeks ago, so I guess we just connect the dots," he said.

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Trump Delivers Angry, Divisive Speech At Mt. Rushmore Event

Beneath Mount Rushmore on the eve of Independence Day, President Trump addressed his holiday remarks to his narrow base of angry white voters while charging that advocates of racial justice are promoting a "merciless campaign to wipe out our history."

Trump focused on efforts by a few protesters to take down monuments and statues honoring figures who benefited from slavery, including Civil War generals and previous presidents.

"This movement is openly attacking the legacies of every person on Mount Rushmore," warned Trump. He said that protesters want to "defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children."

"We will not be terrorized, we will not be demeaned, and we will not be intimidated by bad, evil people," he added. "It will not happen."

Trump also announced plans for an executive order to establish a "National Garden of American Heroes," a park featuring the statues of the "greatest Americans to ever live."

The Mt. Rushmore event had all the trappings of a campaign rally as his fans chanted "Four more years!" Clad in Trump 2020 shirts and MAGA hats, very few wore masks.

America Is Losing The Fight Against Coronavirus

In the category of "famous last words," my favorite has always been what Union Army Gen. John Sedgwick said when urged to take cover from Confederate sharpshooters. "They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance," he replied, and then fell dead from a rifle shot.

Mike Pence is guilty of a similar miscalculation. Writing in The Wall Street Journal on June 16, he boasted of the administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic: "We are winning the fight against the invisible enemy."

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Tulsa Showed Us The Best Path Toward November

What didn't happen in Tulsa last weekend was gratifying and a relief. The protests against racism were overwhelmingly orderly. President Donald Trump's rally also proceeded without serious incident and, notably, without much of an audience.

And this didn't happen for lack of provocation. Trying to whip up excitement for his revived rally schedule, Trump started the weekend with a bloodcurdling threat against protesters should they step out of line. Oklahomans, he opined, would not treat protestors in Tulsa with the same delicacy allegedly afforded those in liberal New York, Seattle and Minneapolis. The tweet doubled the offense by lumping protesters with "anarchists, agitators, looters or lowlifes."

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