Trump Keeps Getting Told: ‘You’re Not Welcome Here’
This has to be humiliating for Donald Trump. In state after GOP state the former president is having the welcome matt pulled out from under him just like Lucy snatches the football away from Charlie Brown at the last second.
The twice-impeached, one-term former president has been claiming he’s reentering the political fray with MAGA-style campaign rallies across the country. His first, last weekend just outside of Cleveland in solidly Trumpian Ohio, saw scores of people streaming to the exits long before he wrapped up his 90-minute grievance airing, apparently bored with the lack of new material.
Today he went to admire and perhaps pet his incomplete failure of a border wall and was thrown some Fox News shade. At a televised event with Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and other local law enforcement about their desire to reduce illegal immigration, the normally Trump-loving network cut the former president audio’ when he launched into another of his “big lie – I won the election” tirades.
Then, yesterday, it was ruby red (or Crimson Tide red) Alabama’s turn. Trump wanted to hold another rally-type event this July 4th holiday weekend in Mobile, Ala., but city officials rejected his permit application to use a local park on the grounds that the space is not to be used for purely partisan political events.
And now comes word that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, among the most Trumpian of all Republican governors, has directly asked Trump not to go forward with the campaign rally that he’s planning to hold in Sarasota. The request to cancel was made as a show of respect and deference to the families and the ongoing, excruciating search-and-rescue mission at the site of the collapse of the condominium building in Surfside.
One Florida Republican bluntly said that Trump “needs to read the room” and stay home. So far Trump has rejected DeSantis’s pleas. Liz Harrington, a spokesperson for Trump, offered this stunningly tone deaf defense of going forward. “Like all Americans, President Trump sends his deepest condolences to those who’ve lost loved ones or been displaced by the terrible tragedy in Surfside. The event in Sarasota, however, is on the other side of the state, 3 1/2 hours away, approximately the same distance from Boston to New York, and will not impact any of the recovery efforts,” Harrington said.