Enjoying his instincts to split at a time when he is following the former vice president with double-digit votes in national polls, Trump has sparked fears of clashes on the streets of Talsa when he warned in a tweet on Friday that protesters would not tolerate law enforcement. .
“Any protesters, anarchists, rioters, looters or looters who go to Oklahoma please understand, they will not treat you like you were in New York, Seattle or Minneapolis. It will be a very different scene!” wrote on Twitter.
Health concerns abound in Talsa
Trump, who claimed the virus was “fading” – in direct contrast to the facts – acknowledged that he and his advisers initially chose the Talsa gathering place in part because Oklahoma, a deep red state that has long voted Republicans, appeared to have a lower incidence of coronary heart disease.
During a press conference on Wednesday, the director of the Tulsa Health Department, Dr. Bruce Dart said Tulsa set a new daily record for corona cases this week.
“Let me be clear. Anyone planning to attend a large-scale rally will face an increased risk of contracting Covid-19,” Dart said.
Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith expressed concern about the scene on the streets of Tulsa during a Friday interview with CNN’s “The Situation Room.”
“No one wears masks and you know people are coming in, Wolf, from all over the country – so they could come from hot spots,” Keith told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, noting that the city expects an additional 40,000 to 60,000 people outside the arena. . “We like to welcome people to our city, but now that we’re at a peak … time is very difficult.”
Trump’s campaign says he intends to conduct temperature checks and provide hand disinfectants and masks to participants, but no one should wear one.
“By watching Rally, you and any guest voluntarily take all the risks associated with COVID-19 exposure and agree not to keep Donald J. Trump as President, Inc., BOK Center, ASM Global, or any of the partners. its directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors or volunteers responsible for any illness or injury, ”the denial said.
But he acknowledged this week that the use of masks had become a politically motivated issue. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, he said it was possible that some people were wearing masks to show their disapproval of him.
However, when asked by Wall Street Journal reporter Michael C. Bender if he was comfortable with his supporters wearing masks at the Talsa rally, Trump said, “Absolutely.”
“They can wear them or not. I want them to be happy,” he said.
The irony of Trump’s spotlight on June 19
Both black and white leaders had asked Trump to change the date.
In Kansas, for example, the Democratic government of Laura Kelly signed a declaration on Friday, declaring June 19 as the nineteenth national freedom. “The nineteenth day is not just a day to celebrate the end of slavery,” Kelly told a news conference on Friday. “It’s an opportunity to recognize the opposite story of a nation, to consider our struggle for real freedom for all Americans, and to continue to fight for the end of systemic racism.”
Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, said Thursday he would pass legislation to make the day a federal holiday, as many Democratic senators did.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal this week, Trump said he made “Juneteenth very famous.”
“It’s actually an important event, it’s an important moment. But no one had heard it,” he said in an interview. He added that a young African-American intelligence agent knew what he was celebrating that day, but Trump said he had political people “who had no idea.”
During a press conference on Friday, McEnany said Trump “didn’t just learn about the 19th week this week. It’s just not true,” he said.
McEnany would not say whether the President intends to hold a federal holiday on June 19.
CNN’s Kay Jones and Hollie Silverman contributed to the report.