Just like haters gonna hate, morons gonna make moronic decisions.
Donald Trump — the president labeled a “f*#king moron” by Rex Tillerson, his own Secretary of State at the time — has decided that he will go forward with a campaign rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 19th despite the advice given by every medical professional and the government’s own Centers for Disease Control to “avoid close contact” with other people in communities where the coronavirus is active.
In fact, for high-risk groups like senior citizens — a group that Trump himself joined many years ago — and those with underlying medical conditions, the CDC has urged them to stock up on necessities and stay at home to avoid contracting the virus.
With so many of Trump’s MAGA fans falling into that category and with the two Democratic candidates wisely canceling planned campaign rallies in Cleveland, Ohio — not to mention the cancellations of the South x Southwest conference and the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals — due to fears of spreading contagion, Trump’s move seems not only extremely egotistical and misguided but downright dangerous.
The “expert” coordination that the Trump administration has left in the hands of Vice President Mike Pence in an action that many saw as a preliminary attempt to throw his second in command under the onrushing bus was ignored with the timing of the Trump campaign’s announcement which occurred just after the VP had told reporters that any decisions regarding new Trump rallies would be made “literally on a day-to-day basis,” failing to mention that today was one of those days while expressing his confidence that the campaign would make the “best decisions” in regards to public health consequences.
And amid warnings from his own administration, and about an hour after this Pence comment, the Trump campaign announces March 19 campaign rally in Milwaukee https://t.co/2bBhcV2nYG
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) March 10, 2020
With attendees of last week’s CPAC conference still reeling from their unknowing exposure to an infected “gold ticket” holder at the event considered the conservative Woodstock, it will be interesting to see how many MAGA-hatted mid-westerners turn out to see Trump — who was himself reportedly exposed to the virus at CPAC — in Wisconsin next week.
While the progressive left can joke about how Trump supporters are drawn from the ranks of the “poorly educated” that the president purports to love so much, the campaign rally next week will provide a perfect intelligence test for Trump supporters who will have to decide if their fears for their health — or, indeed, for their lives — outweighs their loyalty to the president.
Soon we will find out who has more credibility among Trump fans: A phalanx of physicians, scientists, and epidemiologists telling them to avoid close contact with others? Or those happy talking heads on Fox and Friends who dismiss the pandemic as a Democratic plot to bring the president down?
Let’s see how many Trump supporters will take the Darwin test and pass.
For the rest of us, you can find the most up to date information on the COVID-19 coronavirus here, directly from the CDC
Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music and art.