The entire story, in two tweets:
Trump, before the rally (watch video for full effect):
It amuses me that canceling tonight's rally "solely because of coronavirus" would not only have been sensible, it would have saved Donald A LOT of unnecessary embarrassment.
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) June 21, 2020
Steve Schmidt, after the rally:
This is what happened tonight. I’m dead serious when I say this. The teens of America have struck a savage blow against @realDonaldTrump. All across America teens ordered tickets to this event. The fools on the campaign bragged about a million tickets. lol. @ProjectLincoln.
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) June 20, 2020
Weil played, Zoomers. Well played. And I say that not just in the pithy-closing-to-post sort of way; I mean it. That’s the kind of hilariously effective, simple, sly tactic taught by none other than Saul Alinsky himself. I would bet that not one in fifty of these teenagers have even heard of Alinsky, let alone read Rules for Radicals…but they seem to have absorbed his sense of how to be an effective force directly and intuitively through the culture they live in and its memory of battles past, noting what worked and what didn’t. In other words, the kids are more than alright — they may be just what we need.