President Trump Coming To Tulsa In First Campaign Rally Since Coronavirus Outbreak

Jun 11, 2020

President Donald Trump will hold his first campaign rally since the coronavirus pandemic cancelled large gatherings across the United States in Tulsa.

The Tulsa World reports it is unclear where the June 19 event will take place, but Trump described it as a "beautiful new venue, brand new."

Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum’s office is working to confirm details on the visit.

"Tulsans have managed one of the first successful reopenings in the nation, so we can only guess that may be the reason President Trump selected Tulsa as a rally site," Bynum told the Tulsa World. "The city of Tulsa continues to follow the state of Oklahoma’s OURS plan on COVID-19 response as it relates to events, which encourages the organizer to have enhanced hygiene considerations for attendees."

The rally will take place on Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Tulsa is also the site of the Tulsa Race Massacre, one of the biggest acts of racial violence in the history of the country.

Democratic politicians have condemned the date and location of Trump's rally, while several Oklahoma Republicans, including Governor Kevin Stitt, Senator Jim Inhofe and Congressman Kevin Hern, applauded the announcement.

Trump campaign officials told the New York Times that they are considered modest attempts at reducing risk of spreading coronavirus, including providing hand sanitizer, but had made no final decisions on how to safely bring together a large crowd.

As of Thursday, Oklahoma has recorded 7,626 cases of the coronavirus and 357 deaths.