Current weather forecasts for Portsmouth indicate that the rain is supposed to stop there around noon on Saturday; the rally was scheduled for 8 p.m.https://t.co/sfme6rUDmT
— Annie Karni (@anniekarni) July 10, 2020
Be nice if he’d done it before the DeathCult-heads brought their plague caravan to New England, but he didn’t have a fresh reason to avoid reporters until after Roger Stone’s commutation was announced. From the local NH television station, WMUR:
… Tropical Storm Fay is headed toward the Northeast and is expected to bring heavy rains before it moves out Saturday by late morning or early afternoon. Although the rally was scheduled for the evening, the campaign said the storm was enough to have them reschedule the outdoor event.
With the rally postponed, the days are flying off the calendar until Election Day. Even though Portsmouth is one of New Hampshire’s liberal bastions, Trump has had some memorable rallies there…
The planned rally at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease promised more memorable moments for the president’s supporters, but the Trump base will have to wait. The campaign said it plans to reschedule within the next couple weeks…
Gonna be a tough few months for the advance team. The Squatter-in-Chief is desperate for more & bigger in-person hits of slavish adoration from his cultists… but they don’t dare expose him to long periods of public scrutiny, especially when there’s a new outrage against law and decency that might incite aggressive questioning. We can only suppose that the grift, in cash or contacts, is worth the increasingly futile effort.
Much safer to stick with “rallies” like this one:
This could possibly be the single dumbest thing any campaign has bragged about, ever, in the history of campaigns. https://t.co/wAbrxyPldh
— S.V. Dáte (@svdate) July 8, 2020
Perfect really because this is Trump's actual base. Not working class white people but rich yuppies who adopted 'redneck' as a personality during the Bush administration. The shittiest Below Deck guests became a political constituency. https://t.co/xwZBKI7HvS
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) July 8, 2020
NEW: Concern over turnout was factor in postponing Trump rally, GOP advisers say https://t.co/xxtByuXlj5
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) July 11, 2020
There were no signs of the typical throngs of supporters camped out days in advance for a good spot; the Republican governor said he would skip it, advising anyone at high risk to stay home over coronavirus concerns; fears of a repeat of Tulsa’s disappointing turnout weighed heavily; and then came the stormy weather reports, which could have further stifled attendance…
The coastal town is not currently expected to be hit directly by the storm, but the decision to reschedule over bad weather is a “convenient excuse” for the Trump 2020 team, one outside adviser told NBC News.
“It’s the perfect timing. The weather may have been dissuading people to attend, but many weren’t coming to begin with because of the virus,” this person said.
It all came as expectations for the campaign’s second attempt at rebooting the president’s 2020 rallies were as low they’ve ever been….
If the Oval Office Occupant isn’t already in a bad patch of cognitive-decline anger/aggression, an underattended rally would most certainly send him into one.