For the first time since the coronavirus pandemic rocked the nation into a months-long slumber, President Donald Trump has returned to the campaign stage, hosting a bombastic rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Entering the rally, the nation hung in intense civil unrest following the despicable murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, sparking immense backlash towards Trump’s choice of location and timing. Off the heels of the 99th anniversary of the Tulsa massacre, where a white mob horrifically killed at least 300 black Americans, and the initially scheduled for Juneteenth, the unofficial holiday commemorating the abolishment of slavery in the United States, Trump did nothing to ease the tensions surrounding his presence with his rally. But, par for the course, controversy follows Trump nearly everywhere he goes.
After a somewhat of a brutal week, Trump looks to reboot his campaign since enduring plummeting poll numbers to Democratic opponent Joe Biden, dual Supreme Court duds, and a resurgence of coronavirus cases in the nation. However, vehement protesters and the fake news media spurned some difficulties for the rally, swarming the arena and even succeeding in warding off thousands of supporters after blocking roadways and metal detectors to enter the arena on top of already forcing the rally to cancel the scheduled outdoor speech by the President, which the fake news media proceeded to pretend a TikTok campaign played the rally and that the turnout was disappointing. But, with the over a million ticket requests for the rally and supporters camped outside Bank of Oklahoma Center days in advance, the incredible hype overshadowed any resistance made by protesters and the media.
Trump’s unparalleled performing skills stole the show to the packed 19,000-plus seat arena. Free of social distancing or mask-wearing guidelines, COVID concerns took a backseat to Trump’s captivating charisma. As a former reality TV host, Trump’s rallies resemble a stand-up comedy show or a rock concert more than a political campaign. Routine mocking of political opponents, skits to hype up the crowd, and genuine memes form the DNA of a classic Trump rally, allowing his Reagan-esque star quality to shine. Without the media on his side, he must be his own hype man. He must be the sole bringer of the energy. And this rally displayed quintessential Trump at his finest.
Since Trump strolled down the escalator in 2015, he has achieved a powerful social movement with his supporters and this rally felt like old friends catching up after some rocky times. Trump began the rally reminding the nation of his incredible successes in the military, the courts, and the energy business, all three largely swept away by the media, affirming “Think of what we’ve done, we will have close to 300 federal judges appointed and approved by the end of my first time. That’s an all-time record. I’ve said all-time record.” Since Trump cannot trust the fake news media to accurately portray his achievements and his decisions, he often reviews basic legislation passed under his administration during rallies.
With racial tensions bubbling over across the nation, Trump must remind the people of his impressive contributions to the black community, since the media constantly smears him as a racist and would never report his accomplishment, explaining “I recently signed groundbreaking criminal justice reform I secured record and permanent funding for historically black colleges and universities. We slash regulations and pass massive tax cuts to give black workers a pay raise like they’ve never ever gotten before and lift up black-owned businesses. And I worked closely with a great Senator, also friend of theirs, Senator Tim Scott, South Carolina to create opportunity zones which are doing incredibly and since then countless jobs and $100 billion of new investment, not government” and that “Racial justice begins with Joe Biden retiring from public life.”
Finally delivering on a critical campaign promise from 2016, Trump bragged about the wall on the Southern border, cheering on “we will finish the wall, which has now 212 miles built and (it’s a) beautiful 212 miles.”
He also inverted the pro-choice movement, defining them as a pro-school choice rather than pro-abortion, stating “Democrats would rather deny these children the future they deserve than allow them to attend the charter, public, private, religious, or independent schools of their choice. Pro-choice, pro-choice, pro-choice.”
Reviewing his response to the coronavirus pandemic, Trump explained, “I saved hundreds of thousands of lives. We don’t ever get even a mention then I closed it down to Europe, early, closed it down because I saw what was happening. By the way, most people said don’t do it. Don’t do it, (but) we saved hundreds of thousands of lives and all we do is get hit on like we’re terrible.” Economically, he acknowledges the setback posed by the lockdowns but promises “the greatest economic year we’ve ever had…if we don’t do anything stupid on November 3rd.”
More on his historical economy, he flaunted the records being broken in the stock market as all the evidence he needs for the massive economic comeback he will lead. Bragging, “Everybody would come in to see me Presidents, Prime Ministers, kings, queens, and dictators. Dictators would even come in and say congratulations on the economy and then the plague came in. And now what we’re doing is we’re doing it again and it’s going fast.” So fast, Trump boasted “We’re doing record business, it’s happening at a level and a speed that nobody can believe. Two weeks ago, job numbers came in the single biggest number in the history of our country. Last week, retail sales numbers came in retail sales, the single greatest number in the history of our country.”
Trump also called for a one-year prison sentence for burning the American flag, the ultimate sign of disrespect to the unifying symbol of the nation, demanding “we ought to come up with legislation that if you burn the American flag, you go to jail for one year.”
And, of course, the priceless ramp story stands out as one of the most memorable moments of the night. Dedicating a ten-minute skit recounting the fake news media’s terrible portrayal of an embarrassing photograph of Trump scurrying down a ramp after a commencement speech at West Point, Trump jokingly whined about the heat and the strenuous amount of saluting and how the media would eat him alive if he slipped on a ramp his unprepared shoes couldn’t handle. He poked fun of his unwillingness to climb down the ramp to laugh at the media’s portrayal of the photograph, since he only trended because of the media’s accusations he came down with Parkinson’s. In response, he topped off the story with a demonstration of his water drinking abilities, a comedic gold feat of incredible strength.
Thanks to his reality show experience, Trump has been able to establish bonafide inside jokes with his supporters, sparking uproarious laughter with every “China” or “Sleepy Joe”. His experience in Hollywood also lends to his talent in manipulating a media, deeply understanding which buttons to push with intentional word choice. In his humorous warning of what a world without police would look like, he tossed out the term “hombre”, stating tongue-in-cheek “You know, I’ve used the word on occasion, hombre, a very tough operator is breaking into the window of a young woman whose husband is away as a traveling salesman or whatever he may do and you call 911 and they say, I’m sorry, this numbers no longer working.” Trump knows casually tossing out “hombre” would mess with the media, who are so bent on him being a racist, while also strengthening his supporter’s dedication, laughing at the inside joke together at the expense of the media.
But the real defining bedrock of the rally comes with the referendum he sets on the radical Left and the politically savvy conflation of the anarchy seen in rioting cities and a vote for the Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden. Rather than military intervention, Trump wants Americans to see the destruction of the Left, explaining, “I may be wrong. But it’s probably better for us to just watch that disaster. I flew in with some of our great Congressmen who were going to introduce in a second and I said to him, Congressman, what do you think? I can straighten it out fast. You would just go in. No sir, let it simmer for a little while. Let people see what radical Left Democrats will do to our country, but Americans have watch Left-wing radicals burned down buildings, loot businesses, destroy private property.”
Trump rightfully rails on examples of the radical Left’s destruction of America, detailing how lethal their agenda will be to America. “The unhinged Left-wing mob is trying to vandalize our history by desecrating our monuments, our beautiful monuments, tear down our statues and punish and cancel and persecute anyone who does not conform to their demands for absolute and total control.” He warns of “the cruel campaign of censorship and exclusion” and the “new oppressive regime” of the radical Left, setting up himself as the sole divide between total obliteration of America and unrivaled prosperity. “So if…you want to save that beautiful heritage of ours. We have a great heritage. We’re a great country, you are so lucky, I’m President. That’s all I can tell.”
Then he transitioned into searing into Biden by merging this chaos with a vote for Biden, bashing him by stating “Joe Biden is not the leader of his party. Joe Biden is a hopeless puppet of the radical Left and he’s not radical Left. I don’t think he knows what he is anymore, but he was never radical Left, but he is controlled by the radical Left and now he’s really controlled.” But, in typical Trump fashion, his bombardment of Biden didn’t end there.
In line with his Sleepy Joe moniker, Trump asserts “(Biden) never did anything.” Explaining Biden wasted his chance, Trump described Biden’s record “as four decades of betrayal, calamity. and failure” and “He’ll always bow to the angry mob and he will never protect you or your family. And you know that Joe Biden will always let you down.”
And that is the central platform of Trump’s rally and his campaign entering November. Point to the havoc of the radical Left, the rioters, the looters, the violent thugs tearing down statues of our Founding Fathers and burning the flag, the protesters blocking off his rally, and the Democratic-run cities ravaged by this carnage. Voting for Biden, as only a “hopeless puppet of the radical Left”, would be the equivalent of voting for the anarchists in Seattle. Only Trump and his patriots stand in the way of the chaos from the radical Left’s agenda by standing firm in American ideals like the dignity of the people and our heritage. We stand at a decisive crossroad and the choices before us are simple.
America must choose between the radical Leftist Democrats, the party of socialism, bureaucratic domination, abortion, corruption, higher taxes, defunding of our wonderful military and law enforcement, open borders, crime, failing education, and anarchy, or President Trump, the man who built the strongest nation in the history of the world and will proudly do it again.
The night finished with a victorious battle cry for November, boldly declaring…