The coronavirus pandemic interrupted several important events. The severity of the virus took the entire world by shock and we are still recovering and trying to bounce back to eliminate the deadly spread. Amid this and the social unrest in the country, President Donald Trump returned with his first rally since March, and the NBA community was right there to give their views on twitter.
Donald Trump hosted a large indoor gathering in Tulsa, Oklahoma as his comeback rally. While the cases haven’t really dropped in Oklahoma, Trump chose to resume his campaign by addressing the Tulsa crowd.
The event surprisingly saw a lot of empty seats around the arena. Trump’s failure to fill the 19,000 capacity arena would definitely raise doubts if he could really win the re-election. As reported by The Guardian, the President even used racist terms to speak about COVID-19.
He called the virus “Kung flu” and took shots at his rival Joe Biden. “The silent majority is stronger than ever before,” Trump said. “Five months from now we’re going to defeat Sleepy Joe Biden. We are the party of Abraham Lincoln and we are the party of law and order.”
NBA players take a dig at Donald Trump on Twitter
As the President addressed the Tulsa crowd, he spoke about a lot of things, including the reason behind the current crisis we are in. Trump’s ignorance when talking about the coronavirus seems to have angered a few. MSNBC posted a clip from the rally where Trump is seen informing the crowd about the current situation.
“Testing is a double-edged sword,” Trump expressed. “We’ve tested now 25 million people. It’s probably 20 million people more than anybody else. Germany’s done a lot. South Korea’s done a lot. Here’s the bad part, When you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people. You’re going to find more cases. So I said to my people, ‘Slow the testing down, please!’”
Looking at this, certain people belonging to the NBA community instantly vented their outrage. Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson shared the video and slammed the President for speaking in such a manner about the issue. “idk what smoke they got in the white house? but this the dumbest shit i heard,” Clarkson wrote.
— Jordan Clarkson (@JordanClarksons) June 21, 2020
Kendrick Perkins, who never refrains from stating his views, wanted to raise awareness to his twitter following after watching Trump’s explanation about testing. As the elections are nearing, Perkins wanted the citizens to vote wisely and wrote: “November 3, 2020!!! MORE THAN A VOTE!”
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) June 21, 2020
Former Lob City star JJ Redick mercilessly mocked Trump for failing to attract a large audience for his rally. By sharing Trump’s tweet, he mentioned how LeBron James is capable of enticing a larger audience for his basketball games. “Show the rest of the arena!!! LeBron had more fans at his HIGH SCHOOL games,” Redick posted.
— JJ Redick (@jj_redick) June 21, 2020