What began as another Trump Superspreader rally on Wednesday evening quickly turned into a farewell tour for a musician whose best days are behind him.
During the Iowa campaign, Trump was quick to respond to his usual fact-free discussion points on a range of topics, from an already exposed story to Hunter Biden's emails to nonsense about undocumented immigrants flooding American communities.
The carefree president also called Sen. Cory Booker "stupid," claiming that he alone saved the suburbs and was briefly distracted by a passing plane.
Trump may have noticed that his shtick had become extremely boring and decided to throw a curveball and make a costume change in the middle of his stream of consciousness.
"If you can wear the hat, I can wear the hat," said Trump as he pulled out one of his cartoonish MAGA hats. "Should I take off my tie or not, what do you think?"
Trump then took off his tie – all as the crowd of largely maskless supporters roared approvingly – and threw them into the unsocially distant sea of people.
"Should I take off my tie or no?" – Trump is now changing the costume pic.twitter.com/arWMoaEBt6
– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 14, 2020
It is important to note that Donald Trump was recently infected with COVID-19 and was hospitalized. When Aaron Rupar of Vox instructed the member of the crowd who caught the tie, "Please wash yourself thoroughly."
The Trump Show jumped the shark
The supporters who show up at Trump rallies may still love it when you prefer to spit out mocking conspiracy theories and racial rhetoric behind leaders behind the presidential podium, but these events are boring and pretty much undetectable to everyone else.
Because of this, they are not getting the kind of wall-to-wall coverage they received from Trump during the presidential campaign four years ago. Even Fox News is starting to turn away.
Trump himself seems to realize that he has nothing substantial to say to his own followers, so he relies on cheap plays for big applause.
Donald Trump may have played his "biggest hits" at his Superspreader rally in Iowa on Wednesday night, but the event looked more like a farewell tour for a stranded musician than a campaign rally for an incumbent president.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama's presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.