Unhealthy Trump Event—that’s redundant, right?
If you didn’t win tickets to enjoy the Trump-Noem Inferno of Freedom™ at Mount Rushmore, you can come flout public health with the Pennington County Republican Party on Friday in Rapid City’s Main Street Square:
“The fireworks and President Trump’s entire visit will be available for viewing on the big screen at Main Street Square for all those who were unable to attend the actual event, plus we’ll have a great band and special celebrities who will provide remarks,” [Pennington County GOP chair Jeff] Holbrook said.
Some of the special guests include Mike Lindell, founder of My Pillow; Gene Sullivan, a friend of legendary daredevil Evel Knievel and founder of Jump for Jesus — a full gospel motorcycle stunt team; and Jack Brewer, a former NFL player.
“This will be a family-friendly event and we welcome all to attend to celebrate this historic moment in Rapid City history with the return of fireworks to Mount Rushmore and a presidential visit,” Holbrook said.
Fencing will be placed around Main Street Square to provide a secure area for those wishing to attend with one dedicated entry point and exit point, Holbrook said. Face masks will be provided to anyone who wishes to use them and social distancing will be encouraged because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Holbrook said there will be no enforcement of those guidelines [Nathan Thompson, “Pennington County GOP Plans Events in Rapid City During Trump’s Visit,” Rapid City Journal, 2020.06.27].
Part of the merit of holding a public event outdoors during the coronavirus pandemic is that you can avoid crowding. Setting up one restricted entry point and one restricted exit point creates two points of unnecessary crowding. And since they vow, like their idols Kristi and Donald, not to enforce any coronavirus restrictions, people wishing to take sensible precautions against coronavirus but publicly celebrate America’s greatest leaders will still find themselves shoulder-to-shoulder on the way in with all sorts of heavily breathing, exultantly shouting people with likely no more than two degrees of separation from a covid-19-positive local Republican.