Donald Trump gave remarks on any advances that have been made for a vaccine to fight the novel coronavirus. It was quite the spectacle as the two experts in the background wore protective face masks while Trump did not. While the former reality show star was speaking, car horns continued to blare out from truckers who are facing economic hardship from the pandemic. Truckers are bringing the nation’s food supply to Americans, and they are at the front lines during the national crisis.
Trump somehow thought — or wanted everyone else to believe — that the truckers who are protesting by honking their horns during Trump’s briefing are “protesting in favor of President Trump … that’s the sign of love.” That’s absolutely not what’s happening, but OK.
Trump acknowledges trucking industry protesters who are protesting by honking their horns during his event, but says “they’re protesting in favor of President Trump … that’s the sign of love.” pic.twitter.com/9vSIIBjewa
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 15, 2020
If they’re cheering the president on, then why are they interrupting Trump’s speech? I’m just throwing the obvious out there. The truckers aren’t partisan in their protest. They’re suffering from the apocalyptic economy, as CNN’s Daniel Dale pointed out.
As protesting truckers continue to blast horns in the background, Trump says, “They’re protesting *in favor* of president Trump, as opposed to against…that’s the sign of love.” It’s not a pro-Trump (or anti-Trump) protest. They want a meeting with Trump on their complaints.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) May 15, 2020
Hard to ignore their horns during his remarks in the Rose Garden, President Trump acknowledges the truckers protesting on Constitution Avenue in demand of fair pay. Trump says they’re protesting in favor of him, not opposition. They say they’re facing economic strain.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) May 15, 2020
Truckers outside WH are protesting low freight rates, not pro Trump. Organizer: “This is our distress call to our commander in chief to address the problems we are facing. He has called us heroes — his heroes need his help now.” https://t.co/yAkU495vYT
— Dan Froomkin/PressWatchers.org (@froomkin) May 15, 2020
Trump just can’t take any sort of criticism, and he lacks empathy for Americans who are in need right now. Over thirty-six million Americans have suddenly found themselves unemployed as they stay at home to flatten the coronavirus. More reporters should reach out to the truckers who protested today. Their brilliant form of protest certainly caught the nation’s attention. It’s too bad the president is too stupid to realize what was going on, though.
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