President Donald Trump plans to hold his first coronavirus rally on June 19 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. And he says he organizes many events in Florida, Texas and Arizona.
Trump made the announcement as he met with a handful of African American supporters on Wednesday afternoon for a lively discussion.
Trump’s signing rallies often draw tens of thousands of people but have been on hiatus since March 2 due to the coronavirus epidemic, which has now killed more than 110,000 people in the U.S.
“A beautiful, new place. We look forward to it, “Trump said during a White House event.” They’ve done a great job with COVID, as you know, the state of Oklahoma. “
The convention will be held in June, the anniversary of the end of slavery in the United States. Tulsa has a troubling history in racing. Its once-prosperous African American community flourished in 1921, when a racist white supremacist killed hundreds of black residents. Black residents have tried to rebuild in the following decades, seeing their work eradicated during urban renewal in the 1960s.
The Trump campaign is determined to continue with the rallies as it tries to pass the epidemic, as cases continue to rise in other parts of the country. He has been very focused on his meetings this year on the battlefields, despite Oklahoma’s Republican credibility.
Trump carried Oklahoma by more than 36 percent in 2016, more than double the total vote of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Oklahoma was among the first states to begin releasing coronavirus boundaries, with the construction of salt, spas and barber shops in late April. Republican re-opening party Gov. Kevin Stitt has not limited the size of the grouping process since June 1 and left the decision on how to follow the guidelines of a public move away from business owners and local officials.
Stitt said the state was honored for the president’s visit.
“The president is making Oklahoma its first campaign since March 2, and his visit here confirms that Oklahoma is a national example and safe re-opening,” Stitt said in a statement released Wednesday by his office.
Health officials say 47 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Tulsa County Tuesday, the latest city data available. That brought the total number of cases reported in the region to 1,308. The number of currently active cases has been filed at 274, a 13% increase from Monday. Two new deaths brought the COVID-19 mortality rate to 973.
In a statement, Tlsa Mayor G.T. Bynum said the city is still working to confirm details of Trump’s visit and meeting place.
Campaign authorities did not respond to questions about why Tulsa was elected and what security measures will be taken for those who attend.
Prospects to re-enact Trump will focus on how the country puts the administration’s response to the coronavirus and its response to the death of George Floyd, a black man who died waiting for police after an officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for more than 8 minutes.
A spokesperson for Trump’s campaign posted a trailer-style video earlier Wednesday that he had advertised: “This month we are back.”
Associate reporters Kat Stafford in Detroit and Terry Wallace in Dallas contributed to the report.