The first coronavirus wave is hardly over when Trump will hold a rally that no doubt will push the second wave.
Any average person would wonder why? Doesn’t he care that people would get sick and even die? The answer is: no.
Wouldn’t that disproportionally sicken Republicans? Well, it’s all business for him. In commerce, you invest and you earn. So you lose some voters (because they’ll die or at least get angry that you endangered their lives) but the propaganda in the media will make you gain or retain many more. And with hundreds of thousands of deaths, a few more won’t be evident. A second wave will come anyway and it will be very hard to identify who actually got sick, died or got someone else dead from going to the rally.
And people hate being scared; it will be worth it for them to see someone who’s not a wimp, doesn’t wear a mask, is willing to take risks (mainly at the expense of others). (Of course, bullies only exhibit fake pride and strength but it may look attractive to the powerless and hopeless.)
And a live audience of fans is the best to test a few more new slogans.
But why doesn’t he play it safe as Netanyahu does? The answer is that Bibi is a strategist and wise and skilled leader. He understands that if he wants to do the market a favor, he needs, in the short run, have lockdown so that after that the economy can be restarted. In contrast, Trump is smart too but that left him without discipline or patience. He’s used to winging it. To go from debacle to debacle. In a pandemic, that is fatal.
Meanwhile, Trump could be seriously ill and we’d never know until his last will is opened. We know less about his health than about his tax returns. They must be excellent because otherwise, why would he hide them? :-]