If you thought much of Trump’s advance team contracting COVID-19 would deter any Trump supporters from appearing maskless and with no social distancing at tonight’s hate rally, well…of course you didn’t think that:
“I’m a nurse. I’ve worked ER for 15 years, and if we want to come to a rally, it’s our decision,” said Sheri Todd from Park Hill, Oklahoma. “I’ve had friends who had it; they were sick for a couple of weeks. But it’s still our choice.”
“As far as I know, I’m still an American,” said Tom Todd, Sheri’s husband and a retired welder.
“This is a free country and I can do what I want. If I want to wear a mask, I wear a mask. If I don’t, I don’t. If I get sick, I get sick. That’s my choice,” Tom continued, adding that he thought the number of coronavirus deaths was being “padded.”
Sheri agreed: “Some of these numbers aren’t real.”
Jill and Trish, two childhood friends who asked not to be identified by their last names, said they had always talked about meeting up at a Trump rally and finally decided to do so due to what they believed to be a disparity in reporting on the recent Black Lives Matter protests compared to Trump’s announcement that he would hold a campaign rally.
“We didn’t hear anything about the coronavirus for two weeks while the looting and protesting was going on and none of them were wearing masks,” said Trish, who traveled into town from Springfield, Illinois. “And now that Trump is holding a rally it’s all we hear. The hypocrisy is unbelievable.”
Jill and Trish said they were not worried about catching the virus and would not wear masks inside. The two women said they regularly avoid going to grocery stores or other public places back home that require a mask.
“I’m not going to live my life in fear. I want to get back to the normal — not a ‘new normal,’ but the old normal,” said Jill, who lives in Orange County, California.
Nobody has more contempt for Donald Trump’s supporters than Donald Trump.
If you’re tempted to say this rough justice because these people support Trump, well, they’re human beings making bad choices in part because they’re being lied to by political leaders and media outlets they trust. But that aside, infectious viruses don’t contain themselves within any particular political faction. This is putting a lot of people in Tulsa and elsewhere who won’t be attending the rally at risk.