Trump calls protesters "criminals" despite peaceful protests in Tulsa and many in the United States

Trump calls protesters “criminals” despite peaceful protests in Tulsa and many in the United States

Thousands of people, many wearing MAGA hats and waving American flags, arrived at the arena of the Tulsa’s Bank of Oklahoma Center, while a group of protesters shouted “Black life important” near one of the entrances to the site.

As the number of people on Saturday’s rally was lower than originally expected, Trump thanked those who attended.

“You are warriors. We had very bad people out there. They did bad things. But I really appreciate it,” Trump said.

The president later said there were “very bad people” outside, describing the protesters as “criminals”.

There were large groups of protesters in the center of Talsa near the scene of the fight, police said, but they demonstrated peacefully.

“There are many groups of protesters with different views in the area adjacent to the rally,” the Talsa police department said. tweeted. “Mostly these meetings were peaceful with everyone trying to share their views.”
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Earlier, Trump’s campaign blamed what he described as “radical protesters” for preventing people from entering the rally. Several CNN teams in Talsa have not seen any such activity.

Similar protests and marches, sparked by the death of George Floyd on May 25, in at least a dozen other U.S. cities were peaceful on Saturday.

Many protesters gathered outside a police station in Atlanta and a woman sang “America the Beautiful”, waving a burned American flag.

In New York, protesters marched on the Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan’s Foley Square, while groups demonstrated in various parts of Washington, DC and near the White House.

The protests come a day after Trump warned on Twitter that “protesters, anarchists, rioters, looters or low mills” outside his rally could be treated harshly.

The rally aimed at restarting Trump’s re-election campaign was originally scheduled for Friday, the nineteenth day in a row to mark the end of slavery in the United States.

The President rescheduled the event in response to the criticism, but to a large extent remained silent on the issue of systemic racism and resisted the changes proposed after the protests.
Protesters gathered in Talsa near the entrance to the site where Trump will hold a demonstration on Saturday.

Republican Sen. James Lancford of Oklahoma told Fox News on Saturday that he expected Trump to talk about race, adding that “only the President can talk about it, unlike any other American can talk about it.” . ”

“It would be important for the President to make a very clear statement that we are a nation under God, indivisible,” Lancford said.

Both nationwide protests and Trump’s rally on Saturday have raised concerns about the possible spread of corona.

Six employees working at the Tulsa event have shown positive for the virus, the Trump campaign said on Saturday.
People who took part in the rally on Saturday were not required to wear masks and agreed to a waiver stating that they acknowledge that “there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where there are people.”

Millions of Americans have taken to the streets across the country since Floyd and other African-Americans were killed by police.

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