Remember a guy named Donald Trump? He was President of the United States between 2017 and 2021. And every once in a while, he still pops up at some fairgrounds or a local airport, talks for an hour about how the Fake News is the enemy of the people, sells his MAGA hats, plays some patriotic country music and mentions ‘crazy’ Nancy Pelosi’ at least six times in his speech.
I watched Trump’s performance yesterday in Mendon, IL a small town about midway between Chicago and Kansas City with a population which is, according to the Census, 99.6% White. I suspect that just about every resident in Mendon is also a member of one of the town’s five Evangelical congregations. A town with less than one thousand residents with five, separate Evangelical congregations? Not bad.
Who else showed up at this rally to entertain the crowd? The pillow guy Lindell, who no doubt hands out coupons to get a discount when you buy something on his website. And then there was Lauren Boebert from Colorado who forgot to bring along her AR-15.
In case you didn’t know it, for all his bullshit about protecting the 2nd Amendment, you can’t bring a gun into a Trump event.
Trump went through his usual shtick about how terrible things have become, how all the news about a strong economy is a fake, how the ‘unselect’ committee is just telling lie after lie, how border security has collapsed, how the judges he got onto the Supreme Court were protecting life and 2d-Amendment rights, so on and so forth.
But what I found new and different in this speech was a long and rambling spiel about the threat not from critical race theory but — ready? — from the crazies promoting transgender ‘rights.’ He went on and on about how women are being forced to compete in sports against men in women’s bodies and why this is just another example of how the ‘radical Left’ and the Democrat party wants to ‘control you and everything you think and do.’
Now I can understand why someone would get up in front of a political rally in a town with five Evangelical churches and talk about 2nd-Amendment ‘rights.’ I can also understand someone getting up in front of the same audience and ranting about defunding the police or trying to push critical race theory in public schools.