Given that those who hate Trump see him, among other things, as a gigantic, buffoonish, bloviating bully, I’m surprised the word “bully pulpit” hasn’t been applied to his gigantic rallies — because that is indeed, how they function. But, in case you didn’t realize it, the word “bully” did not have the same meaning back in Teddy Roosevelt’s day. From Webster:
Trump seems to hold one of these rallies at least once a week. It’s as if they are like a gas pump for him, where the communion he enjoys with gigantic stadium crowds feeds him with even more energy.
And, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but he seems to be having more and more fun. For example, speaking at CPAC just the other day, this:
Then, at the end of the same occasion: “I love you people I love you people . . .”
Then there’s the woman, a Democrat, who wrote up her experience of attending the New Hampshire rally. It was not until I read her essay that I realized: the endless lines with days and nights long waits to get into the rallies are an essential aspect of the entire experience. It’s as if, for each upcoming rally Trump announces that there will be a gigantic public square for people to gather beforehand, where they can get to know each other, trade stories and feelings and news.
Clearly, Trump knows how to arouse the public, and enjoys doing so tremendously. Does this make him a fascist dictator? Certainly, the frisson between him and his audience can feel scary to anyone who worries about how mob rule, led by a charismatic figure, could take over.
So, yes, there is that! Clearly a danger, given the feelings aroused on both sides.
On the other hand, frankly, I just think he’s having the time of his life. A time when all the skills and experiences gained over a long lifetime can be utilized in this grand new adventure that seeks to bring together a majority of the American people into such unification and optimism for an unlimited future that not even the divisive, lying MSM fake news and all the Deep State false flags (including the current CV “virus” scare) can tear it apart. As s Q says, over and over again, 89 “drops” so far:
WWG1WGA. WHERE WE GO ONE WE GO ALL.
Betsy and Thomas of aim4truth agree, and wonder if he might ramp it up even further, into an old-fashioned tent revival movement.