First of all, shame on people retelling the ridiculous story about “Tik Tok teenagers ordering tickets.” This is utterly ridiculous.
The turnout was about 75%, which an amazing achievement given the virus, the impossibility to attend for older people, the rabid brownshirts assaulting people for trying to attend, and the even more rabid brownshirts studying the footage to destroy the livelihoods of those who attended.
However, the energy in the room was low. Trump gave his pre-corona, pre-riots, and pre-loss of SCOTUS speech. And it doesn’t work in the new world that has been created since. The audience clearly expected him to talk about what’s going on but today’s situation wasn’t central to the speech. It simply felt antiquated. This was disappointing not because Biden is better about diagnosing the current situation but because there’s now not a single person in the political space who will be able to blurt out the truth. We are doomed to exist in a reality where nobody dares to mention what’s going on. Not even Trump.
We are a laughing stock of the world. Even in stupid Russia there’s more freedom of speech. And this isn’t because Russia’s autocracy is good. (Have you heard what they are about to do on July 1? You’ve got to be all kinds of dotty to like that.) It’s because we suck so badly. What have we turned into? What a bloody shame. The person who would win every election is a person who’d say that. And there’s nobody like that.
We are left with a reality where a small group of spoiled ridiculous brats is terrorizing us and we aren’t allowed to notice. But by all means, let’s concentrate on a meme created by brain-dead TikTok zombies who want to believe they matter.