As President Trump gets set to head back out on the road, seeking a reelection in 2020, there are concerns among many as to the risks being taken.
First, there is the still-present threat of coronavirus, with several states beginning to once again see a surge in numbers correlating with the Memorial Day holiday, as measured by the illness’s incubation period.
And then there’s the political unrest that we are seeing in the nation today, something that one of the women on Joe Biden’s short list of possible running mates believes is being intentionally stoked by President Trump.
In a tweet, Harris linked to a Los Angeles Times story that noted that Trump’s June 19 rally would take place in a city that was the site of a racist riot and massacre in 1921.
“This isn’t just a wink to white supremacists—he’s throwing them a welcome home party,” the senator tweeted.
The reason for the alleged significance is twofold.
The 1921 massacre in Tulsa is considered one of the worst instances of racial violence in U.S. history. Mobs of white residents attacked the city’s black community, leaving more than two dozen African American residents dead and hundreds more injured. Several blocks of black-owned businesses known as “Black Wall Street” were completely destroyed.
And Juneteenth is commemorated as the day that slavery ended in the United States, as it was June 19th, 1865 when the last slaves in Texas were read the Emancipation Proclamation.
The White House has insisted that this is only a coincidence.
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