Trump rally is a toxic cocktail of crises waiting to happen

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Trump rally is a toxic cocktail of crises waiting to happen

Even some Republicans worry whether his divisive rhetoric is increasingly out of step with public opinion

Jarrett Renshaw and Ernest Scheyder

When President Donald Trump takes the stage at his first rally in three months on Saturday night, the scene in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will be familiar: a large venue filled with ardent supporters wearing “Keep America Great” hats and T-shirts.

But outside the 19,199-seat arena is a country reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic, an economic collapse and a wave of protests over police brutality and racial injustice, a trio of crises that have dented his support just months before the November 3 election.

Trump’s campaign advisers believe the rally is a way to rejuvenate his base and display the enthusiasm behind his re-election bid, at a time when a string of national and state opinion polls have shown Trump falling behind his Democratic rival, Joe Biden...

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