Although the city of Cullman, Alabama declared a state of emergency just days earlier, Donald Trump held a rally there last night. And the adoring crowd hung on his every word. The only time they mocked him was when he encouraged them to get vaccinated.
It is of course unprecedented for a former president to campaign only a few months after losing office. And it’s even stranger when the former POTUS does it in such a blatantly dangerous way. Mary Trump discussed the matter on MSNBC on Sunday.
Host Alex Witt asked: “Tell me what you think about your uncle who held this event at a time when Alabama was running out of ICU capacity and this exchange with the crowd there. “
“It was quite unsettling, but not surprising, as is often the case with Donald, ”she replied. “To see that he was ready to hold a rally not just in the middle of COVID, but in a state ravaged by the coronavirus, a state that, as far as I checked last time, had no beds in the intensive care unit . “
Trump later went on: “He lost the election decisively, he was charged twice, he should be irrelevant, he lost. He’s no longer in the White House. The problem is that Republican elected, the Republican leadership, continue to allow him to be relevant, give him a platform, give him power by going to Mar-a-Lago and kissing his ring, asking for his approval ask. “I’m afraid we’ll stay with him because, for whatever reason, they still find him useful.”
Time will tell if Trump is able to stay in power. Midterms 2022 are sure to be a referendum on his power.
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based policy and technology writer. His work has been featured on psfk.com, foxsports.com and hillreporter.com. He enjoys sports, politics, comics, and spends time with his family on the waterfront.