President Trump will be making a grant reemergence to the electoral circuit on Saturday, with a massive rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma that has been controversial from the moment that it was announced.
Originally slated for Friday, June 19th, the Trump campaign made the decision to move the event to Saturday the 20th out of respect for the Juneteenth holiday. For those who are unaware, Juneteenth is a semi-formal holiday that celebrates the end of slavery in the United States, and is observed on June 19th as this was the day that the last American slaves were read the Emancipation Proclamation back in 1865.
The site, Tulsa, was also ripe for discussion, as the city was the site of one of the most horrific racially-motivated attacks in the history of the nation.
The culmination of these coincidences, along with the tone of the nation in general, has prompted Tulsa’s Mayor to take extra precautions as the weekend approaches.
Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum, a Republican, declared a civil emergency Thursday and announced a curfew near the arena where Trump plans to hold a campaign rally on Saturday.
Bynum cited recent “civil unrest,” expected “crowds in excess of 100,000” in the vicinity of the rally and opposition protests in his decision to place a federal exclusion zone for a six-block radius near the arena.
“I have received information from the Tulsa Police Department and other law enforcement agencies that shows that individuals from organized groups who have been involved in destructive and violent behavior in other States are planning to travel to the city of Tulsa for purposes of causing unrest in and around the rally,” Bynum wrote in the executive order.
The arena is also asking the campaign for a written plan outlining how it will incorporate social distancing and other “health and safety” steps.
The Trump campaign has stated that over 1,000,000 requests for tickets have been received for the rally, and that they are considering the possibility of a second event to accommodate the overflow of enthusiasm.
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