“One of his ugliest and most troubling performances in recent memory,” one observer said of Trump’s rally in Pennsylvania.
During a campaign rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania Tuesday night, just hours after House Democrats unveiled articles of impeachment, President Donald Trump criticized an arena security guard for not being sufficiently rough while removing a woman who protested the event.
“Get her out. Get her out,” Trump demanded as his supporters pointed and yelled at the demonstrator, who was wearing a #MeToo hat and holding a sign that read, “Grabbing Power Back.”
“See, these guys want to be so politically correct,” Trump said of the security guard attempting to escort the demonstrator out of the arena. “You see that? I’ll tell you, law enforcement’s so great. That particular guy wanted to be so politically correct.”
“I don’t know who he was,” Trump said. “He didn’t do the greatest job.”
“Law enforcement is so great. That particular guy wanted to be so politically correct. Ahhh! Ahhh! We don’t want to be political correct” — Trump laments that arena security wasn’t rougher with a female protester pic.twitter.com/GdkEbzZUHQ
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 11, 2019
As HuffPost noted, “Trump’s call to not be ‘politically correct’ harkens back to other incidents at his events.”
During a rally in 2016, he promised to pay the legal fees of anyone who attacks a protester.
“If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you?” he said. “Seriously, OK?”
During another event, Trump complained that a protester was receiving high-fives as he left.
“I’d like to punch him in the face, I’ll tell you that,” he said.
And during a winter event in 2016, Trump told security to take the protesters’ coats.
“Throw them out into the cold,” he said. “Don’t give them their coats. No coats! Confiscate their coats.”
Trump’s response to the protest Tuesday night marked just one alarming moment in an event that Vox‘s Aaron Rupar—who live-tweets many of the president’s rallies—described as “nakedly authoritarian” and “one of his ugliest and most troubling performances in recent memory.”
During the rally, Trump repeated his racist “Pocahontas” slur against Sen. Elizabeth Warren to raucous cheers from his supporters, said the “American nation itself” could collapse if he doesn’t win reelection, attacked Medicare for All as a “socialist takeover,” jokingly suggested he could stay in office for 29 years, and accused Democrats of attempting to “overthrow our democracy” by moving ahead with impeachment.
US begins blood tests for coronavirus immunity: reports
The United States has begun taking blood samples from across the country to determine the true number of people infected with the coronavirus, using a test that works retrospectively, according to reports.
The new tests are based on serological surveys, which differ from the nasal swabs used to determine if someone currently has the virus.
Instead, they look for whether certain antibodies are present in the blood which shows that the person fought and then recovered from the illness -- even if they never showed symptoms.
These tests are seen as key to gradually easing lockdown, by allowing those who have proven immunity to re-enter society.
Trump says governors are ‘very happy’ with the job he’s doing — even though they’re begging him for more supplies
At the latest coronavirus task force press briefing on Monday, President Donald Trump boasted that "every one" of the state governors in America are "very happy" with the job he is doing to help them combat coronavirus.
His claim is at odds with numerous governors who have complained that the federal government is not doing enough to coordinate the delivery of medical equipment and forcing them into bidding wars with other states.
Trump even tried to add later in the speech that Gov. J. B. Pritzker (D-IL) was "a happy man" even though "he may not be happy when he talks to the press."
There’s a horrifying history of leaders saying there’s a ‘light at the end of the tunnel’
President Donald Trump rang out in an all-caps tweet Monday morning "LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL!" It was a comment he echoed from his Sunday press conference saying that the U.S. is in the home stretch of the coronavirus crisis. He went on to say that he anticipated the country reopening in a few weeks.
The quote was one that Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty noted was one that many other leaders have used at frightening times.
"It is difficult to imagine a poorer, more chilling choice of words," she wrote. "Or one that more illuminates, if inadvertently, the consequences of the mixed-messages that Trump continues to send."