After warning people for days about the danger of catching the coronavirus at President Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa Oklahoma, the anti-Trump media exulted that approximately one third of the 19,000 seats in the arena location were empty. The New York Times, for example, proclaimed, “President Trump’s attempt to revive his re-election bid sputtered badly as he traveled to Tulsa for his first mass rally in months but found a small crowd and delivered a disjointed speech.”
The only problem with the Times’ story is that the photograph accompanying the article displays row after row of seats filled with enthusiastic people clapping, holding up signs and taking pictures. Hundreds of thousands of people were also watching the rally remotely via YouTube, plus many more on cable TV. Biden’s rallies can probably fit his non-staff, non-family attendees in his basement.
As Brad Parscale, Trump 2020 campaign manager, wrote in a statement: “For the media to now celebrate the fear that they helped create is disgusting, but typical. And it makes us wonder why we bother credentialing media for events when they don’t do their full jobs as professionals.”
The media is so obsessed with knocking down President Trump at every turn that they tried to portray the president’s obvious joke about telling his people to “slow the testing down” as a serious statement of fact. The media also criticized President Trump’s campaign rally for being what it was intended to be – a campaign rally. Biden can get away with attacking the president personally whenever he emerges from his basement hideaway or in press releases written by his staff. But when the president fires back and takes Biden and the Democrat Party to task for their leftist agenda, the media complain that he is being too divisive.
President Trump hit his usual MAGA rally targets in addition to Biden and the Democratic Party – for example, China, the lamestream media, and the “unhinged left-wing mob.” The president also pointed to his administration’s accomplishments in combating the coronavirus, building up and now rebuilding the economy after the virus shutdown, replenishing the military, and working to create more economic opportunities for African-Americans.
President Trump made a point of extolling America’s virtues and condemning those “trying to vandalize our history, desecrate our monuments…tear down our statues and punish, cancel and persecute anyone who does not conform to their demands for absolute and total control.” He made these remarks against the daily backdrop of “woke” imbeciles who continue to destroy America’s iconic symbols and intimidate law-abiding Americans, with the support or acquiescence of politically correct government leaders. The president is standing up for America.
Exploiters of the George Floyd killing are using the isolated but still inexcusable instances of police misconduct against unarmed African-Americans to justify violence and looting. They are weaponizing their sick dogma of racial capitalism, which posits that there is “systemic racism” and economic “oppression” of people of color in every part of American society. These America haters believe that altering the DNA of America’s ‘slavocracy’ can only come about by purging all its institutions of America’s “original sin.” The only remedies are confessions of guilt by the “white privilege oppressors,” cultural revolution and seizure of power by the “oppressed.”
This brings us to the “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest” (CHOP) zone in Seattle – the “liberated” occupied zone that Seattle’s progressive mayor sees as ushering in “a summer of love.” The journalist Andy Ngo, who has had his share of run-ins with Antifa, concealed his identity for his own safety while he spent five days and nights in the occupied zone. “I witnessed a continuing experiment in anarchy, chaos and brute-force criminality,” Ngo wrote. By day, things were relatively peaceful as the media has reported. But Ngo spent nights in the zone when conditions became far more dangerous and the fawning media were nowhere in sight. Armed self-appointed security guards patrolled the area, pouncing on any “outsiders.” Those with homes or businesses within the occupied zone are now the occupied subjects of their new unelected rulers. “Gunshots and ‘screams of terror’ at night have been reported,” Ngo wrote. Businesses have been vandalized.
This past Saturday morning, the promised “summer of love” zone turned into a death scene. Shooting erupted in the occupied zone, leaving one victim dead and another critically wounded. The occupiers prevented the police, who had been forced to abandon their precinct within the now-occupied area, from reaching the victims. Mike Solan, president of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild, described the violence as “raw and real.” He told Fox News, “One of our community members lost their life and police are still not allowed into that area and were prevented from providing that police service to the area to locate the victim and … to render aid. It’s very troubling.”
More violence will follow as night follows day. One of the occupiers was quoted as saying, “Respond to the demands of the people or prepare to be met with any means necessary. … It’s not even a warning. I’m letting people know what comes next.”
President Trump said during his rally speech that what is going on in Seattle shows “what radical left Democrats will do to our country.” The president quipped that “it’s probably better for us to just watch that disaster.” While politically tempting as an effective way of demonstrating the need for a strong “law and order” president, the occupation in Seattle cannot be allowed to stand for the sake of the law-abiding Americans whose lives have been threatened and disrupted. And just letting the Seattle occupation to continue for much longer will only encourage the spread of such illegal occupations to other cities.
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