Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Wednesday declared President Trump is defying science and sacrificing lives, all to “hear cheers from an adoring crowd” at his rallies.
“This is what narcissism is about. Trump, in order to hear cheers from an adoring crowd, will defy science and sacrifice lives—not just those who go to his rally but those they come in contact with,” the Vermont senator said, outlining his concerns.
“For the health of the American people he must be defeated,” he declared:
This is what narcissism is about. Trump, in order to hear cheers from an adoring crowd, will defy science and sacrifice lives—not just those who go to his rally but those they come in contact with. For the health of the American people he must be defeated.https://t.co/gb0HY3gUqp
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) June 17, 2020
The Trump campaign is resuming the president’s iconic MAGA rallies, which have been paused since March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nearly one million people have requested tickets for his upcoming June 20 rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, despite the campaign’s coronavirus disclaimer and looming concerns over the virus.
The campaign, and local leaders, have indicated they are in search of a different location to hold the massive event due to the overwhelming response, as concerns rise over the increase of cases in the area. Vice President Mike Pence indicated they are “also looking at outside activities.”
“We’re excited we’re being recognized as one of the first states to safely and measurably reopen,” Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) said on Monday. “I’m looking for a potential other venue that maybe we could move it outside. It’s still kind of in the works.”
The campaign announced this week it will perform temperature checks on attendees and provide masks and hand sanitizer.
Sanders has also expressed disgust with the GOP’s decision to hold the celebration of Trump’s nomination in Jacksonville, Florida, boldly contending the president is endangering people:
Trump wants 15,000 delegates cheering him at his GOP convention in Florida. No social distancing. His rejection of medical advice endangers not only those there but those they come in contact with. Trump's a threat to the health and well-being of the country. He must be defeated.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) June 11, 2020
The consistent critiques come as massive protests break out across the country, sparked by the death of George Floyd. However, many of the protests — some of which, in the beginning, turned into violent riots — have morphed into demonstrations for sister causes.
On Saturday for example, a crowd — a combination of Black Lives Matter and LGBT activists — chanted, danced, and twerked in front of officers standing on the sidewalk near Mayor Muriel Bowser’s (D) D.C. home. Sunday saw thousands gathered around Brooklyn Museum plaza in New York for a show of solidarity for black trans lives.
Interestingly, Sanders, who is accusing the president of literally risking people’s lives, has praised the protesters flocking to the streets — protesters who are engaging in precisely the “anti-science” behavior Sanders purportedly stands against.
“I’m very proud of the people standing up for justice and taking to the streets,” Sanders stated this month.
“When we study history we look at pivotal moments — the Civil War, the Great Depression, World War II. People will look back on this time as one of those moments,” he added:
I'm very proud of the people standing up for justice and taking to the streets. When we study history we look at pivotal moments — the Civil War, the Great Depression, World War II. People will look back on this time as one of those moments. pic.twitter.com/WzpH7i3fyD
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) June 5, 2020
Sanders is in good company, as many of the critics lambasting President Trump’s decision to hold rallies have openly supported demonstrators and, in some cases, joined them after first throwing their indignation aside to protest.