As I write this, Trump’s first election rally is still hours from officially starting, and already those who feared that it would be a hotbed of corona contagion — “a teeming petri dish inside a wrecking ball inside a juggernaut,” as an L.A. Times writer put it memorably — have more cause for worry.
Six staffers working on President Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, have tested positive for coronavirus, the Trump campaign said Saturday.
Just hours before the President is expected to arrive in the state, Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said in a statement that “per safety protocols, campaign staff are tested for COVID-19 before events. Six members of the advance team tested positive out of hundreds of tests performed, and quarantine procedures were immediately implemented. No COVID-positive staffers or anyone in immediate contact will be at today’s rally or near attendees and elected officials,” he said.
As of Saturday afternoon, Tulsa County reported the most cases — 2,206 total — of any county in the state, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
Authorities are concerned about Trump’s monster rally.
The Tulsa city-county Health Department Director David Bart said he wished the event would be postponed, and the BOK Center where the rally is taking place has canceled or postponed all other events at the venue through the end of July.
The Tulsa World website has photos of what the scene around the BOK Center looked like this morning. The very first image shows a maskless Trumper carrying his three-week-old infant in a Baby Björn.
The level of covidiocy was raised further by these attendees:
“If it is God’s will that I get coronavirus, that is the will of the Almighty,” said Robert Montanelli, a resident of a Tulsa suburb who chose not to wear a mask. “I will not live in fear.”
I’m fairly certain that if someone challenged Montanelli to drive into oncoming traffic with his eyes closed, he’d consider that folly, and possible counter to Luke 4:12. Then again, he might just give it a try, I guess.
Angela, a Tulsa city employee who refused to give her last name, also said she did not want to wear a mask. “I am a healthy young woman,” she said. She compared coronavirus to the flu.
Mike Pellerin, from Austin, Texas, wore a T-shirt saying “Are we dead yet?” “I am 68,” he said proudly. “I don’t feel sick. I don’t have the virus. I’m not going to give it to anyone.”
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