OMG: as Donald Trump speaks in Hickory, North Carolina the structure holding up the American flag collapsed behind the crowd and the press area.
— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) November 1, 2020
Stagehands and Secret Service agents dashed to the scene to tame the symbol of America’s greatness https://t.co/jkt9thqmh3
— Intelligencer (@intelligencer) November 2, 2020
Olivia Nuzzi has a gift for spotting the moments when a political figure is most vulnerable, and I hope her string continues here:
… Thirty hours from the election he is on track to lose, the president made his third of five scheduled stops across the Midwest and Southeast on the Lord’s day of rest: Michigan in the morning, Iowa in the afternoon, North Carolina at sunset, followed by Georgia and Florida after that. After months grounded in the White House due to the coronavirus pandemic and a weekend confined to Walter Reed due to the coronavirus itself, Trump has attempted to make up for lost time and for the gap in the polls, holding as many Make America Great Again rallies as he can manage each day.
The rallies are a means of energizing voters, yes, but just as importantly, they’re a means of energizing the president. The race in North Carolina is close now, as it was in 2016, when Trump led by about one point and won by 3.7. Now, Biden leads by 0.3 percent…
MAGA rallies follow similar scripts and similar staging no matter where they’re held or what the president is supposed to be talking about. At arenas and airports, the press pen may be an island, surrounded by the crowd on all sides, or it may be at the very back of the event space, which was the case on Sunday in North Carolina. The crowd formed an arch around the metal barricades, protecting the Fake News risers (one in front for national media and one behind for local) and four rows of tables and chairs with electric plugs and bottles of hand sanitizer and sheets of paper that say “TRUMP PENCE” and the Wi-Fi code.
Behind here was the flag, which looked to be at least 20 feet tall. It had been tied at each corner to the coils of two large green and orange lifts. “It’s windy here!” Trump said when he first greeted the crowd. And it was. In effect, this created a patriotic sail, picking up momentum with each gust of air until it launched. Stagehands and Secret Service agents dashed to the scene to tame the symbol of America’s greatness. One man grabbed the lower corner on the right, and as it waved, the flag seemed to swallow him. Then there were two men, then three, then four. They wrestled the flag to the green lift, folded it into order, then placed caution tape around the area…
Also, because I was raised Irish, I personally find this both comforting & satisfying:
"This is probably the worst period for third parties in modern American history," Ralph Nader says https://t.co/Hw0fZUMnDr
— Rosie Gray (@RosieGray) October 31, 2020