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Donald Trump Says He Ordered Less Covid Testing Because It Was Leading To More Cases

Donald Trump Says He Ordered Less Covid Testing Because It Was Leading To More Cases

There's always been a tendency among politicians to stick their head in the sand when confronting bad news, but this might be the worst case we've ever seen.

At his already infamous rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma last night, Trump made one of the weirdest admissions yet. That he's ordered less testing for Covid-19 so the numbers won't keep going up.

Even his audience of zealots found that one a little bit odd.

It's also easy to laugh at when you think of Trump as a clown figure. But this is the actual President of the United Stations of America. He's policy decisions affect millions of lives and the economies of the entire world, and his attitude to a global pandemic is to ignore it and hope it goes away.

Trump's re-election campaign is said to be in trouble with him trailing Joe Biden heavily in most polls.

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Meanwhile, Trump's first rally since the coronavirus outbreak didn't exactly go according to plan. Despite pleas from health experts within Oklahoma, the president insisted on hosting this rally indoors, without the requirement for social distancing or for the wearing of facemasks.

Trump had already drawn criticism for the symbolism of choosing Tulsa, Oklahoma as the scene of the rally. Tulsa was the scene of one of the worst racist atrocities in American history, a massacre of black people in the city in 1921 that bordered on genocide. He was originally also hoping to host the rally on Friday instead of Saturday, or Juneteenth (June 19th), the day that African Americans celebrate their emancipation from slavery. Oklahoma is not close to a swing state for Trump so hosting a rally there at all in an election year was clearly some race baiting from his campaign.

In the end, there was a much smaller uptake than expected with thralls of empty seats in the arena, and an overflow event outside where Trump was supposed to speak after the event was cancelled because nobody was there.

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As well as all of that, it's been reported in America that six members of the advance team sent to set up the rally from the Trump campaign have tested positive for Covid-19.

This is going very well.

 

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