Repeating the instinct of division at a time when he followed the former vice-president with double digits in national polls, Trump feared the clashes on the streets of Tulsa when he warned that protesters would not be tolerated by law enforcement in a tweet on Friday.
“Protesters, anarchists, agitators, looters or scounders going to Oklahoma please understand, you will not be treated as if you were in New York, Seattle or Minneapolis. This will be a very different scene!” she tweeted.
Health concerns abound in Tulsa
Claiming that the virus was “disappearing” as “in direct contradiction with the facts”, Trump said that he and his advisers initially chose the Tulsa rally region because it was a deep red state where the Republican voted. The incidence of coronavirus cases has been shown to be lower.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Tulsa Health Department manager Dr.. Bruce Dart said that Tulsa set a new daily record for coronavirus cases this week.
“Let’s be clear. Anyone planning to attend a large-scale meeting will run the risk of becoming infected with Covid-19,” said Dart.
Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith alarmed about the scenery on the streets of Tulsa during an interview on CNN’s “Status Room” on Friday.
“Nobody wears a mask, and you know that people are escaping from all over the country – so they may be coming from hot spots,” said Keith, 60,000 people outside the city’s Arena, from CNN to Wolf Blitzer. “We love to invite people to our city, but since we’re on a sudden rise right now … it’s very hard to schedule.”
Trump’s campaign said he plans to do temperature checks and provide hand sanitizers and masks to the participants, but no one will need to wear one.
“By attending the rally, you and your guests will take all the risks associated with voluntary exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to manage Donald J. Trump for the President, Inc.; BOK Center; ASM Global; or any of its affiliates, any officers, employees, agents, contractors or volunteers responsible for illness or injury, “he said.
But this week, he acknowledged that wearing a mask has become a politically polarized issue. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, he said it was possible for some people to wear a mask to show that he refused him.
Still, when asked by Wall Street Journal reporter Michael C. Bender if he was comfortable with his supporters wearing masks on the Tulsa rally, Trump said, “Absolutely.”
“They can or can’t wear it. I want them to be happy. ”
The irony on Trump’s agenda in June 19
Both the Black and White leaders pleaded with Trump to change history.
For example, in Kansas, the Democratic Government, Laura Kelly, declared 19 June the National Freedom Day on Friday, 19 June. “Juneteenth is not just a day to celebrate the end of slavery,” said Kelly at a conference on Friday. “It is an opportunity to get to know the struggling history of a country, to think about our struggle to achieve true freedom for all Americans, and to continue fighting to end systemic racism.”
Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn said on Thursday that like a few Democratic senators, he would enact laws to make the day a federal holiday.
In the Wall Street Journal’s interview this week, Trump said he made “Juneteenth so famous”.
“This is really an important event, an important time. But no one had heard of it,” he said in the interview. The minister said a young African American Secret Service agent knew what the day meant, but Trump had “no idea” political people.
At a press conference Friday, McEnany said, “Trump did not only learn about June 19 this week. This is not true.”
McEnany does not say whether the President plans to have a federal holiday in June.
CNN’s Kay Jones and Hollie Silverman contributed to this report.