Nowhere to Go
I saw on the news today that VP Pence is cancelling two speaking engagements, one to Florida and the other to Arizona (I think) because of the coronavirus outbreaks there. This is just the beginning of non-existent rallies.The one in Tulsa was less than impressive. I believe that is because even though Trump doesn’t take the virus seriously, many of his 65+ followers do. If you are a Trumper, the last thing you want is to die before you can vote for him in November. The virus is causing these fire-engine red states to hit pause on their re-openings. I saw a map of these states. I think it included Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Utah,and Idaho. So…….let me get this straight: the blue states don’t want Trump or Pence visiting them and the red states are not safe for them to visit. How hilarious is that?
Last week, the husband of one of my friends died. He tested negative for the virus, but the tests give 30% to 70% false negatives. I don’t give much credence to such tests. Here are the limited facts, as I know them. He had had eye surgery a few months ago and was improving. Suddenly, he had a pain in his left leg, then it moved up his left side. He died of two blood clots to his lungs like a day or two later. The point: he was not sick. Part of the coronavirus’s effects is blood clots. He was 56 years old. Not 76. Another Trumper bites the dust. His condition was serious enough to warrant getting tested. That says something.
And now Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey want tourists from these infectious states to self-quarantine if they visit. Governor Cuomo has shown massive leadership and has no interest in a bunch of red-state tourists undoing all the state’s progress. And the European Union is banning American tourists. They have their pandemic under control. Turn-about is fair play, like when Trump forbade EU tourists from coming here. The US is now in the same category as Brazil because of the same lack of leadership.
The polls have Biden leading Trump in all the battle ground states. One poll even showed Biden ahead in Texas by a point. It’s a statistical tie (within the margin of error), but Texas should not be a battle ground state at all.
The red states may not stay red and the battle ground states are looking bluer and bluer. Playing racially-divisive political games is risky at best in a country that is becoming less white by the minute. Trump needs a new playbook if he wants to hold rallies anywhere at this point.