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A Politico reporter attended Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz’s anti-Liz Cheney rally Thursday in Wyoming, and her observations from the event were interesting, to say the least.
Friday morning, a day after Gaetz held a grand event at the Wyoming Capitol to rally state residents against Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, Politico’s Tara Palmeri appeared on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” to talk about what she’d seen.
Palmeri’s three key observations were that, one, there wasn’t a single person who was willing to defend Cheney, two, the rallygoers may have given her the coronavirus, and three, former President Donald Trump’s potential conviction would only strengthen him.
“I actually went out of my way to try to find someone who would defend her, and I really couldn’t. … A lot of people thought she was a senator or a mayor, and they weren’t willing to go out in a primary and vote for her,” she began.
“And the problem is that the people who said they were going to vote for her were vehemently against her, and these were the Trump voters base,” she added.
Former President Donald Trump’s base loathes Cheney because she voted in favor of his impeachment earlier this month.
“I mean, I said her name in a hardware store, and someone shouted a threat. Like, these people are paying very close attention to her vote. What I heard overwhelmingly from the people that were against her, she did not vote for Wyoming when she voted to impeach, and therefore she has to go,” Palmeri added.
Listen to her full remarks below:
She then pivoted to talking about the coronavirus pandemic and how Wyoming residents apparently refuse to take it seriously.
“People wouldn’t talk to me with my mask on. They think COVID is … the numbers are grossly inflated. I had three guys, three ranchers in their 70s, telling me ‘take your mask off, we don’t want to talk to you with your mask on.’ I was in rooms with 30 people, no one wearing a mask inside, just me,” she said
Asked by MSNBC host Nicole Wallace whether she felt “safe” at the rally, Palmeri then replied with a ‘no’ but admitted that she’d voluntarily chosen to remove her own mask.
“Not really. I will admit I took my mask off a few times because I felt like I needed to get these people to talk to me. I didn’t think, like, if I — I didn’t want to come off as some big city reporter brat, you know what I’m saying? I wanted to, like, get — really get the — I really wanted to find out what they thought so I took off my mask a few times outside. And I talked to people really close,” she said.
“I was in rooms with, you know, 30-plus people, size of a hotel room, and I don’t know. Like, check in with me in five days. I don’t know. I might have COVID for all I know,” she added.
The fact that she voluntarily chose to remove her mask attracted some criticism from mask “Karens” on Twitter:
Tara allowed people to pressure her to remove her mask that protected her from a deadly virus. Her poor discretion made me not trust her.
— Ďเ๏ภภє (@theGirlDionne) January 29, 2021
Why did she remove her mask? To get the story? In doing that she affirmed their belief that it’s a hoax. That they wanted her to risk her life was all the story she needed.
— SharonCapel (@SharonCapel) January 30, 2021
Taking off her mask so she could fit in and so they’ll answer her questions. Stunning
— Letsgo (@Shansten) January 30, 2021
@tarapalmeri While I am grateful for this reporting, I really wish you didn’t bend to their will to remove the mask just to speak to them, their unwillingness to speak with you within safety measures speaks volumes enough. pic.twitter.com/hGwcYsmLy7
— Undocumented documentation (@connie_pelkey) January 30, 2021
Palmeri continued her report by slamming Gaetz for having done what she’d done, and not worn a mask.
“Matt Gaetz, he has antibodies. That’s why he was out there without his mask on. I asked about this. Why isn’t he wearing his mask? He has antibodies. Antibody is the new vaccine in the Trump crowd because they all got COVID,” she claimed..
“I hate that they’re so distrustful. I was like, I know people who have died of COVID. One guy told me that he got COVID and he had worse hangovers than COVID, so it’s not penetrating out there in the same way,” she said.
That may be because the coronavirus reportedly has an extremely high survival rate.
Palmeri concluded her report by warning that Trump’s potential conviction after being impeached for a second time, in addition to his continued absence on social media, would only strengthen him — something that appears to frightens her.
“Actually, the more he stays out of the media, the more he becomes this martyr, this looming figure over the GOP. A lot of people said they aren’t really Republicans, that they’re, like, they’re for Trump,” she said.
“That’s it. And it’s just — I think he’s actually getting — I think the base is getting stronger. Truly. I think an impeachment would make him even more powerful. A conviction is what I mean,” she said.
Now look at what she retweeted Friday evening:
People are going to get mad at me for this, but that’s why I think Trump should be back on Twitter and television. As @tarapalmeri said, he has achieved martyr status because people can’t hear him now. Whenever he’s out there talking, his approval drops.
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) January 29, 2021
The thought of Trump being viewed with reverence by his base clearly frightens Politico reporter and journalist Tara Palmeri. Why?
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