Donald Trump is having a wide open political campaign rally in Oklahoma tonight…
With the crowds there?
He’s gonna have more….
Health worries aren’t gonna stop him….
Joe Biden has been wearing a mask and practicing social distancing …
Biden’s thing has worked…
But some Democrats worry that a Trump entertainment spectacle Republicans Presidential convention could help him appear stronger than Biden’s Democratic effort and earn Trump support where he needs in around the country…And this COULD turn out to be a BIG perception issue for Joe Biden who is now scheduled to accept the nomination is a scaled down convention in Milweaukee in August ..
As President Trump plans a no-expense-spared, blow-out convention in Jacksonville, Fla., some Democrats are increasingly nervous their party’s pandemic-conscious gathering won’t be able to offer up a compelling alternative.
“The nightmare scenario is [Trump] comes out and rallies his base and gives a speech to an insane crowd and it is covered on every channel and he catapults himself into the fall with an energized base,” one Democratic insider familiar with convention planning told The Post. He said he fears Democrats might counter with “delegates in social-distance folding chairs listening to Joe Biden to an audience tuning in on Zoom.”
“The optics of that are just awful,” the insider continued. “The visual would suggest that momentum and excitement is on the Republican side and not ours.”
Though Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez told reporters last week that party delegates planned to “descend” on Milwaukee for their convention during the third week of August — the logistics remain to be worked out.
Most critically, it is still unclear exactly how many people will be allowed to enter the Fiserv Forum arena and which high-profile Dems will be there to welcome them.
“Given the fluidity of the health pandemic, the scope and the format of the convention are still to be determined. As our team continues to put plans in place, we remain focused on ensuring the health and safety of all those involved in the convention,” a DNCC spokesman told The Post.
What has become increasingly clear is that a full-blown convention, like what the president is planning, is likely off the table. In recent weeks party officials have been sounding out DNC advance staffers about their willingness to travel to “micro-conventions” in other cities.
“One is going to look like a traditional convention and the other is going to look very different and much more of a Google Hangout convention,” GOP strategist Evan Siegfried told The Post.
At least some Democrats would be keen to see the party throw caution to the wind and hold a proper convention, but are afraid of speaking up for fear of running afoul of the party’s COVID-19 messaging, the insider said….
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