With politicians and media figures on the left applauding the massive demonstrations and protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death, one might have forgotten that America is in the middle of a pandemic.
After the announcement by the Trump campaign that the president’s signature “Make America Great Again” rallies will soon resume, however, the mainstream media has decided to resume hyping the risk of attending certain gatherings.
According to NPR, the campaign rallies will resume “despite the deadly coronavirus pandemic, which continues to impact the lives and livelihoods of households across the country.”
President Trump will hit the campaign trail this month — despite the deadly coronavirus pandemic, which continues to impact the lives and livelihoods of households across the country.
"The rallies will be tremendous," a campaign manager said. https://t.co/hZ1nV45d00
— NPR (@NPR) June 9, 2020
President Trump this month will begin hitting the road once again to make his pitch for reelection in the 2020 White House race, despite the deadly coronavirus pandemic, which continues to wreak havoc on the lives and livelihoods of households across the country.
“Americans are ready to get back to action and so is President Trump. The Great American Comeback is real and the rallies will be tremendous. You’ll again see the kind of crowds and enthusiasm that Sleepy Joe Biden can only dream of,” campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement provided to NPR.
Trump is set to attend an in-person fundraiser for the first time since pandemic restrictions went into place in Dallas on Thursday.
The news that the president would begin holding rallies in the next two weeks was first reported by Politico on Monday. The Politico report, which the campaign confirms as accurate, also said Trump’s political advisers are still determining where to hold rallies and what safety protocols to put in place.
In a commentary on the hilarious media narrative for Townhall, Leah Barkoukis notes that police brutality protests “have been carried out in every state in the nation, in small towns and large cities alike with gatherings of hundreds to thousands of people.”
“In Manhattan on Saturday, police estimated 15,000 people demonstrated,” Barkoukis went on. “And through it all, Democratic leaders like Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer who enforced some of the strictest lockdown orders in the country over coronavirus, all of a sudden seemed to not really care about social distancing. And the media who shamed Americans for protesting stay-at-home orders threw their full support behind the demonstrations.”
While warnings about virus spread from protests have been sparse, Barkoukis says”the media suddenly cares about the pandemic again” now that MAGA rallies are back.
Rod Dreher was one of several pundits on social media to point out the irony:
Oh, come off it. Like you people care. You hypocrites. If Joe Biden were hitting the campaign trail to promote BLM, you would treat it like he was on the pilgrim's path to Jerusalem. https://t.co/i5GsierDBC
— Rod Dreher (@roddreher) June 9, 2020
National Review editor Rich Lowry chimed in:
The threat represented by the coronavirus varies depending on which side is engaged in mass gatherings https://t.co/1z9AithC8n
— Rich Lowry (@RichLowry) June 9, 2020
Talk show host Greg Tomlin simply shared a video of one of the gargantuan protests of recent weeks and asked NPR to comment “for the sake of consistency.”
For the sake of consistency, anything to say about this? pic.twitter.com/W4dopx73vn
— Greg Tomlin 💬 (@TomlinMedia) June 9, 2020
Just a few short weeks ago, individuals who gathered to protest the draconian lockdown orders of various states in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic were denounced as selfish, risking an outbreak of the virus just to have their voices heard.
Funny how easily the narrative shifts, isn’t it?
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