Earlier this week we brought you the story of how Donald Trump’s planned 6,000 person rally in Rochester, Minnesota got derailed when the venue failed to file a proper COVID safety plan with the state. In response Minnesota’s Attorney General asked the Trump campaign not to use the venue, and Trump ended up moving the rally to a mere 250 capacity venue.
Trump apparently got bored speaking to such a small audience, because he bailed after speaking for barely twenty minutes. He then posted this angry and inaccurate tweet: “Your far-left Dem Attorney General, and your Dem Governor tried to shut down our rally, silence the people of Minnesota, and take away your freedom of assembly. They thought we would cancel – but I said NO WAY, I will NEVER abandon the people of Minnesota!”
What stands out here is that once Donald Trump realized he wasn’t going to get the ego rush of addressing a large crowd, he mailed it in with what was a very brief speech by his standards. In other words, these rallies aren’t even really about trying to win; they’re just the last chance he’ll ever get to stroke his ego on this kind of scale if he loses the election.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report