Trump voters not dying to see Trump
WASHINGTON -- Last weekend in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Donald Trump voters told the world that they are not short on common sense, even if their favorite candidate is.
The Trump campaign had boasted that despite the coronavirus, which has kept many Americans at home, demand to see President Donald Trump was so high, it had given away a million tickets. The president would speak inside the 19,000-seat BOK Center and to an overflow crowd outdoors.
Instead, Trump voters stayed home in droves. The campaign didn't fill the main room, so there was no overflow. For one hour and 45 minutes, Trump had the unusual (for him) experience of talking to thousands of hardcore fans, yes, but also thousands of empty seats.
Message to POTUS: They're not that into you.
After weeks of being stuck at home, I know people who are ready to get on planes. I know people who are itching to return to crowded eateries and raucous sports venues. But I don't know anyone who thinks it's a good idea to spend four or five hours in an enclosed room packed with boisterous partisans who in their hearts believe the coronavirus is fake news.
Better to take up skydiving.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., a frequent Trump target, boasted on Twitter that the Trump campaign got punked by teens who signed up for tickets with no intention to show up. But the tickets aren't really tickets, which is why the campaign offered a million "tickets" for a 19,000-seat arena.
Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale rejected AOC's scenario. He blamed the news outlets for pumping out "apocalyptic media coverage" about the health risks to attendees as well as anti-Trump protests that caused local businesses to board up.
I think the credit goes to Trump voters who heeded the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warnings about mass gatherings. The highest-risk events are, according to the CDC, "large-in person gatherings where it is difficult for individuals to remain spaced at least six-feet apart and attendees travel from outside the local area." That's shorthand for a Trump rally.
Trump voters also demonstrated more commonsense than anti-police protesters who took to American streets. Yes, the protests were outdoors, unlike the indoor Tulsa rally, but they were repeated regularly.