Reading a statement calling for places of worship to be open immediately

Trump Extends Efforts To Send Americans Careening Into The Abyss

Efforts that cost him nothing for now, but could cost everyday Americans everything

Eric J Scholl
5 min readMay 25, 2020


• He held a one-topic media briefing threatening governors if they didn’t open churches this past weekend, even though he never planned to go himself, as evidenced by the fact that he didn’t go. (When Trump was subsequently criticized for playing golf instead, a display of Twitter gymnastics followed, requiring three tortured Tweets to figure out a way to blame Obama/Biden.)

• He then Tweeted he might move the Republican National Convention if North Carolina’s “Democrat Governor” can’t guarantee right now it’ll be allowed to go full-capacity, full-blast. According to Trump, Republicans require they be:

Immediately given an answer by the Governor as to whether or not the space will be allowed to be fully occupied.”

No skin off his back. He wouldn’t be packed among the crowd of screaming delegates in an indoor arena come August. He’d be there for a very protected couple of hours at best. The event’s organizers earlier this month announced they’d hired an MD and experienced public health official (mostly in the field of automobile accidents and highway safety) as a consultant.

And you’d be correct if you’d be inclined to think Trump’s is an empty threat, because these kinds of things are planned out years in advance. True, but at the same time there are a lot of stadiums and arenas — quite a few with retractable roofs (if fresh air might make some difference) — all around the country suddenly sitting empty right now. Or could be the President’s setting the stage for downscaling, while blaming Democrats for stealing his glory, again

Why is there a crown on the official RNC logo? Well, Charlotte is known as the “Queen City”, and that crown is its officially registered servicemark. Then again

• Also, the President’s still not wearing a mask at all in public appearances, reflections of which we clearly saw in crowded Memorial Day weekend scenes in many places where few wore masks. Not wearing a mask is a bit of a risk to him, but less than all those people brushing against each other on Boardwalks. Because they can’t get tested every day. He can…



Eric J Scholl

Peabody award winning journalist. Streaming media pioneer. Played @ CBGB back in the day. Editor-In-Chief "The Chaos Report"