2 Politics & Government Tuscaloosa Patch Founder Ryan Phillips gives an in-depth, first-person account of a rally held by former President Donald Trump in Cullman. Ryan Phillips Patch Staff Posted | Updated Replies *This is an opinion column* CULLMAN, AL — Former President Donald J. Trump patted his left arm and told rally attendees in Cullman Saturday night that he had been vaccinated against the coronavirus, assuring his faithful that the vaccine works. If it doesn’t, he promised them he would be the first person to let them know. It was a real Huey Long moment for the 75-year-old businessman-turned-conservative messiah, as the confidence on his face displayed his assumption that the crowd would be overwhelmingly receptive of his message. But, as if briefly snapped out of some kind of stupor, the better part of 35,000 people either fell silent in a mix of confusion, or shouted “No!” There were some on social media who said he was booed, but I have to say, at least from where I was sitting, it was the silence and isolated pockets of individual defiance to his words that I noticed. Masks were largely absent on the faces of a crowd large enough to… Read full this story
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