“Slow the testing down please”

It’s totally petty, but I’m taking all kinds of pleasure right now in the fact that so few Republicans showed up in Tulsa this evening to risk their lives in order to celebrate Donald Trump’s huge, triumphant return to the rally circuit.

For what it’s worth, Brad Parscale, president Trump’s campaign director — the guy who, just a few days ago, was bragging about how they’d distributed over “800,000 tickets” for this event — is now implying that they would have filled the place, if not for the fact “apocalyptic media coverage” and “radical protestors,” who, according to him, “blocked access to the metal detectors, preventing people from entering.” There doesn’t, however, seem to be any evidence to suggest this actually happened. [The venue seats 19,000, and I’m hearing that only 6,611 showed up.]

Trump’s crowd size, though, isn’t really what’s newsworthy about this evening’s event in Tulsa. What’s noteworthy is that Donald Trump, while standing in front of the intimate gathering, said that he’d given members of his administration the order to slow down testing for COVID-19, as he didn’t want the official number of cases in the United States to increase.

As of today, 121,980 Americans have died from COVID-19. This number would have been considerably smaller had the Trump administration acted faster to roll-out coordinated testing across the United States. And Trump’s comment this evening is pretty much an admission of guilt. He essentially said that he allowed Americans to die because he didn’t want to see headlines about the number of cases growing under his watch.

A White House official apparently told The Washington Post that the President had been kidding when he said in Tulsa that he’d asked people to, “Slow the testing down.”

Just how fucked do things have to be for your most palatable spin to be that the president was joking about the deaths of 121,980 people?

But maybe people are finally beginning to realize that they’ve been duped. At least that’s my hope when I see videos like this one, of the cavernous area Donald Trump spoke at.

But some, I guess, still can’t let go. They’re apparently willing to cling to anything they can. Some are even celebrating the fact that Donald Trump, during this mini-rally was able to both descend a staircase on his own without crying and drink a glass of water one-handed. That’s how fucking low the bar has gotten. As the old Donald Trump would have said, “Sad.”

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  1. Posted June 20, 2020 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    Oh, and there was also cruelty and racism.

  2. Posted June 20, 2020 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    And Fox is calling it a “huge crowd.”

  3. iRobert
    Posted June 21, 2020 at 3:25 am | Permalink

    He talked forever about being worried about falling on the metal ramp at West Point.

    Also, he went on and on about the purchase of two 747s from Boeing for Air Force One.

  4. iRobert
    Posted June 21, 2020 at 3:46 am | Permalink

    These are not critical issues facing our country. I wonder if HW, EOS and FF realize that.

  5. iRobert
    Posted June 21, 2020 at 4:46 am | Permalink

    Hundreds of thousands of tickets to the Tulsa event were put out. Some in the Trump campaign said a million people might show up. Instead there were 9k or so. The Trump campaign continues to be a ridiculous joke. Their only hope again is intervention by an external actor with a sophisticated and stealth trick up their sleeve, like what we saw in 2016. There is no way for Trump’s official campaign to win.

  6. EOS
    Posted June 21, 2020 at 6:01 am | Permalink

    He will win if the chaos continues with the protests in the streets and if the Dems don’t distance themselves from Defund the Police and the desecration of historical statues and American ideals. There is growing resentment outside of your bubble.

  7. EOS
    Posted June 21, 2020 at 6:10 am | Permalink

    The vast majority don’t want the US to resemble CHAZ.

  8. Jean Henry
    Posted June 21, 2020 at 6:32 am | Permalink

    Our bubble is bigger than yours EOS.

    When a party turnS to voter suppression to win, they are losing.


  9. Jean Henry
    Posted June 21, 2020 at 6:34 am | Permalink

    There was a til Tom campaign to reserve tickets for Trump’s Tulsa rally with no intention of going. These kids are very smart.

  10. Wobblie
    Posted June 21, 2020 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    Aloha EOS, you know all about living in a bubble. Have you stuck your head out of your bunker yet? You know if you stop doing testing the virus will disappear. If you stop talking about police brutality it also will disappear. It does work, no one is talking about our wars and they have disappeared. Global warming has also disappeared. Ignorance is strength. Don’t worry be happy MAGA

  11. Wobblie
    Posted June 21, 2020 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    Aloha reached 100 degree F above the Arctic circle yesterday highest temp ever. MAGA

  12. EOS
    Posted June 21, 2020 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    If people learned not to try to wrestle with police officers and take their weapons, there would be a lot less “brutality”. You don’t eliminate first responders because of the actions of a few. Eliminate the few and then support your local police.

  13. John Brown
    Posted June 21, 2020 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    I hope he can walk up the gallows steps on his own.

  14. Jean Henry
    Posted June 21, 2020 at 8:16 am | Permalink


    Was George Floyd armed?

    Is a taser a deadly weapon, requiring deadly force to defend against or an non-lethal weapon that is humane to use?

    What point are you making or are you just casting about for random anecdotal talking points to minimize the horror and place responsibility on the victims for their killings?


  15. iRobert
    Posted June 21, 2020 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    It’s good that you still get Fox News in your bunker bubble, EOS. I was worried that you didn’t have anything to do.

  16. iRobert
    Posted June 21, 2020 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    The Trump campaign was outwitted by some high school students. That doesn’t surprise anybody, I guess.

  17. bet HW that McCabe wouldn’t be fired and all I got was this stupid name
    Posted June 21, 2020 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Aloha, as much as the Chinese test they just don’t seem to be able to find the number of cases the way we do. MAGA


  18. Wobblie
    Posted June 21, 2020 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    Aloha EOS this is the second time armed Trumpers have murdered our fellow citizens in the CHAZ

    55 PM: District 3 Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant has issued a statement on the shooting. “Though we await confirmation of the details of the killing, there are indications that this may have been a right-wing attack,” the representative for Capitol Hill and the Central District on the council said in the statement issued Saturday afternoon. “If so, this would not be the first such attack on the Capitol Hill Black Lives Matter protest,” Sawant writes, connecting the incident to the June 8th shooting that sent one at the demonstration to the hospital. “As many recall, an armed man drove into the protest action on June 8, and shot black activist Dan Gregory, who had heroically intervened to stop the driver,” Sawant writes.

  19. Bob
    Posted June 21, 2020 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    More than twice as many people went there to see the current touring lineup of Styx, a band that lost its lead singer decades ago and last had a hit nearly 40 years ago. That’s how popular Trump is with his own people. I look forward to Jean Henry honky-splaining why Styx are vastly underrated.

  20. Posted June 21, 2020 at 10:24 am | Permalink

  21. Posted June 21, 2020 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    Yes, it looks as though a bunch of people punk’d Brad Parscale and Donald Trump into thinking that they were going to be facing record crowds.

    One wonders what Parscale will do once he’s fired. Word on the street is that Trump was already angry with him, convinced that he’s been ripping him off, etc. I suspect it’s going to get ugly.

  22. Bob
    Posted June 21, 2020 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    You didn’t touch on some of the other things he was actually saying in his speech. I had to turn on Fox News to actually hear what he was saying without obnoxious news people talking over him. He spent much of it trying to save face for his walking down the ramp and drinking water problems. It was downright bizarre watching him try to spin it into a comedy bit.
    The other notable things were the “black people for Trump” folks in attendance. Who the fuck are those people? I would be most interested in hearing them explain themselves. The other takeaway was just how goddamn bored most of the audience looked. Many were yawning the entire time.

  23. will bailey to brad parscale
    Posted June 21, 2020 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    To be clear… you’re arguing that one million 2A-loving, Confederate Flag Waving, Very-Fine People Loving Trump Cultists showed up to your Klan Rally and then left because three dozen protestors made them uncomfortable?

  24. Frosted Flakes
    Posted June 21, 2020 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    In this cancel culture it is difficult to show your face at one of these rallies if you want to retain your job. The Trump vote will be a silent/ secret vote even more than in 2016, imo. It will be a big “fuck you” vote again, imo. The interesting question is whether or not the “fuck you” is justified?

  25. Lynne
    Posted June 21, 2020 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Heh. My cousin is married to a black GOP judge in Alabama. They took their son to a Trump rally! I asked her what she was thinking and she said that she wanted her son to see the president.

    At any rate, my guess there is that she is conservative as is her husband but also, if you want a successful career as an elected judge, you have to be Rupublican! My hope is that their family will help make the Alabama GOP less racist.

  26. Zoe
    Posted June 21, 2020 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Mark, they (Fox, Jeannie, et al) have to call it a “huge crowd.” Otherwise Trump will tweet at them and it makes them sad,

  27. EOS
    Posted June 21, 2020 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    5 million people watched on TV. How many people watch Joe’s basement videos?

  28. Anonymous
    Posted June 21, 2020 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Chris Wallace: “Protesters did not stop people from coming to that rally.”


  29. John Galt
    Posted June 21, 2020 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Mark, do you deny that he drank water with one hand? Why don’t you tell the people the truth? The President of the United States successfully drank from a glass of water with one hand! We all saw it. Stop trying to confuse people with things like “crimes against humanity” and focus on what matters, like how many hands it takes for someone to drink.

  30. Sad
    Posted June 22, 2020 at 6:10 am | Permalink


    I agree with EOS

    How many people are watching Sleepy Joe?

    Can we have a do over on the primary?

    I promise not to bring up Mayor Pete

    I’ll vote Warren

    I promise

  31. iRobert
    Posted June 22, 2020 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    Only 5 million people were watching Fox News? Have their ratings fallen that far?

  32. Posted June 22, 2020 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    Was it this Lincoln Project ad that Trump was trying to prove wrong?


  33. Posted June 22, 2020 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    Trump didn’t refute that he had made a midnight run to the hospital. He didn’t even mention it. Does anyone know what that was about?

    The Lincoln Project says #TrumpIsNotWell

  34. Bob
    Posted June 22, 2020 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    I get and can respect that a person of color can be a conservative. Even a devoted member of the GOP, I guess. Supporting Trump though? Dragging your family to a fucking Trump rally at this point, and without masks? That’s beyond crazy. Psychologically damaged.

  35. Luk
    Posted June 22, 2020 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    Why in the fuck do you still allow comments on your blog, Mark?

    It’s such a fucking dumpster fire with the trolling ass-hats.

    You’re either a coward, a troll yourself, or maybe just dumb.

  36. Anonymous
    Posted June 22, 2020 at 9:37 am | Permalink


    Those darn kids!

  37. Wobblie
    Posted June 22, 2020 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Aloha. The Trump virus will be a generational legacy. American scientific illiteracy is rampant among the Trumpers. Of course they will ignore or dismiss any science from China.
    New study demonstrates antibodies (ie. Post infection/vaccination immunity) only last 3 to 4 months (similar to the common cold). MAGA


  38. Lynne
    Posted June 22, 2020 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Bob, it was pre-virus so I think we can give them a break about the masks at the rally. They wear their masks! Also, Alabama is taking great care in their courts to keep people safe with video conferencing and social distancing.

  39. iRobert
    Posted June 22, 2020 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    How many people here knew Finland is a country?

  40. Jean Henry
    Posted June 22, 2020 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Sleepy Joe can stay in his basement because his ad team is killing it. Trump just provides the material. Trump’s in trouble. His team is being made to look foolish by teenagers. Preteens even.

    Even if Trump wins re-election, the moment for his movement is over.

    The military, SCOTUS, the National Guard and the fuckinh National Park Service are checking his totalitarian over-reach. He’s humiliated and done. And no one deserves it more.

    One of these days he’s just going to shit his diapers coming down a ramp. It will be like that scene in Bridesmaids where she’s overcome with diarrhea in her wedding dress.

    I can’t fucking wait.

  41. iRobert
    Posted June 22, 2020 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Do you think FF, EOS, and HW know Finland is a country?

  42. iRobert
    Posted June 22, 2020 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    For the record, every time Trump says something stupid, illegal, or treasonous, it’s because he’s joking.

  43. Bob
    Posted June 22, 2020 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Lynne, I was referring specifically to the number of black politicians and their families at the Tulsa rally

  44. iRobert
    Posted June 23, 2020 at 4:36 am | Permalink

    I guess the official attendance of the Tulsa rally was actually 6,200. That’s also about the number of Michiganders who have died from COVID-19, so far.

  45. Posted June 24, 2020 at 4:14 am | Permalink

    Lincoln Project hits Trump on testing ‘confession’


    (From The Hill)

  46. iRobert
    Posted June 24, 2020 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    All the excuse makers in the administration have been saying Trump was kidding. Then Trump made it clear he wasn’t kidding.

    The entire administration is just a bunch of bullshitters trying to cover for a brain-damaged clown. It’s what all Trump supporters are really.

  47. Posted June 26, 2020 at 6:15 am | Permalink

    The Lincoln Project’s “Tulsa” ad


  48. Anonymous
    Posted June 26, 2020 at 7:34 am | Permalink


  49. Posted July 30, 2020 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

  50. Posted October 28, 2020 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    And now the cases are surging in 45 states. Rates of death are increasing in 30 states.

    They need to slow the testing down. Right HW?

  51. Posted October 29, 2020 at 5:25 am | Permalink

    Daily US death totals have exceeded 1,000 over the last two days, as states in the northern half of the country begin the anticipated autumn surge.

    27th: 1055
    28th: 1030

  52. Posted October 29, 2020 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    I wonder how bad things will get? I am anticipating big numbers this fall with a spike about two weeks after Thanksgiving

  53. Anonymous
    Posted October 29, 2020 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    It’ll more likely be 4-5 weeks, just in time for Christmas.

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