Standing in line for Mr. Trump

On Saturday, June 18, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada, my wife and I stood in line for several hours at the Treasure Island Casino. It was o.k. to wait, my wife likes to play slots, and I played a few hands of Black Jack. It was disappointing to find out after the long wait, that the rally had sold out and that we couldn’t attend. I guess that happens a lot at Trump rallies. Everyone wanted to see him. After all, how often do you get to see a billionaire in person?

I heard later that someone had been arrested for trying to assassinate Mr. Trump at that very same rally. British man who tried to shoot Trump

On February 23 2016, in Henderson, Nevada, I stood in line for over three hours to vote in the Republican primary for President. A lot of people, including me, were excited to vote for Mr. Trump for President. Unlike the rally, my patience was rewardd and I got to vote.

Since the pandemic hit in February of this year, I have seen a disturbing pattern. President Trump likes to host in person mass rallies.

He also doesn’t believe in mail in voting. Unless you vote in person, you face the certainty that he will call your vote illegitimate.

The pattern is that Mr. Trump likes people to stand in line for him.

Who could blame him? It must be quite flattering to get all that attention and applause. To know that so many people are wasting much of their day waiting patiently in line to see him. And of course, no one could call such an event a super-spreader.

In this New Year 2021, I make a resolution that I am not standing in line.

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