Media tries again to stop Tulsa Trump rally
Ignoring the clusters of infections that might be caused by the widespread BLM protests after the George Floyd death, the media is warning that rallies held by President Trump are “an extraordinarily dangerous move for the people participating and the people who may know them and love them and see them afterward,” according to the AP.
Dr. Ashish Jha, director of Harvard’s Global Health Institute told the Associated Press, “I’d feel the same way if Joe Biden were holding a rally.”
Other health officials echoed the caution.
Citing a recent spike in cases, Dr. Bruce Dart, the head of Tulsa’s health department said: “I’m concerned about our ability to protect anyone who attends a large, indoor event, and I’m also concerned about our ability to ensure the president stays safe as well.”
A review of the state’s public health website, however, shows that the percentage of positive tests for COVID-19 has stabilized to under four percent even while the numbers of tests go up.
In another positive, the department has noted a “slight downward trajectory of COVID-like syndromic cases reported within the past 14-day period,” as of June 11, 2020.
“When the president of the United States visits your city,” noted the Tulsa World in an editorial urging the president to stop the rally, “it should be exciting. We think a Trump visit will be, but for a lot of the wrong reasons, and we can’t welcome it.”
Trump blasted critics of the rally on Twitter:
The Far Left Fake News Media, which had no Covid problem with the Rioters & Looters destroying Democrat run cities, is trying to Covid Shame us on our big Rallies. Won’t work!
“States demonstrated with the protest of last week that crowds don’t appear to be an issue to policymakers or executives of state governments,” Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said in an interview on Fox News according to the Hill.
Previously the rally drew criticism from the left for coinciding with the Juneteenth celebration that marked the official end of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865.
Tulsa also has a heightened awareness of racial tensions because of the 1921 clash between blacks and whites that saw white men sack a black portion of Tulsa called Wall Street.
“[President Trump] didn’t see it as disrespectful to be able to do it on Juneteenth,” Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) told CNN. “Other people interpreted it differently, and so he moved the rally date.”
Tweeted the president:
We had previously scheduled our #MAGA Rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for June 19th – a big deal. Unfortunately, however, this would fall on the Juneteenth Holiday. Many of my African American friends and supporters have reached out to suggest that we consider changing the date out…
The Trump campaign said that everyone who attends the event in Tulsa will be given a temperature check, hand sanitizer, and masks—although the masks will be optional.
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