The event takes place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, amid fears over the risk of spreading the coronavirus because of the crowding at the BOK Center. The place can receive up to 19 thousand spectators, but up to 100 thousand people are expected in the city.
Crowd at Donald Trump rally site in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 20 – Photo: Sue Ogrock / AP
The organization of the event does not oblige participants to wear masks – Trump himself criticizes the use. Before the start of the event, a crowd already occupied the streets of Tulsa and the gym. Most of them, without the protection items, despite people distributing masks.
Mask distribution at US President Donald Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma – Photo: Charlie Riedel / AP
As of this Saturday (20), Johns Hopkins University has recorded more than 2.2 million cases of coronavirus in the United States, with about 120 thousand deaths.
This Saturday, the organization of the Trump campaign stated that 6 people on the team were infected with the coronavirus.
“Six members of the advanced team showed positive results in hundreds of tests performed, and the quarantine procedures were immediately implemented,” said Tim Murtaugh, director of communications for the campaign.
The organization assured that none of these employees will be at this Saturday’s rally.
In addition to holding a rally in the middle of the pandemic, another controversy involves the event: Tulsa’s choice of Trump. In 1921, the city was the scene of one of the most striking confrontations of racial violence in the country. In the confrontation, 300 people died and thousands were left homeless after a white mob attacked the houses and shops of a black community known as “Black Wall Street”.
The choice is considered an affront to the black movement at a time when the country is facing the reflexes of protests over the death of George Floyd, who was asphyxiated by a white policeman in Minneapolis on May 25.
Initially, Trump’s proposal was to hold the rally on Friday (19), Freedom Day, when the United States celebrated the abolition of slavery in the country, which occurred in 1865. However, he was persuaded to postpone it to ease the climate in the city, which has a mayor of the same party as Trump.
Donald Trump critic alongside the American president’s supporter in Tulsa, where the re-election candidate’s first rally takes place – Photo: Charlie Riedel / AP