U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday warned protesters that they would face a 'different scene' at his weekend re-election rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a threat that his campaign later said was not directed at peaceful demonstrators.
On the day thousands marched across the country to mark Juneteenth and protest against police brutality and racism, President Donald Trump on Friday threatened unspecified action against any protesters at his Saturday rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
In a tweet, Trump said: "Any protesters, anarchists, agitators, looters or lowlifes who are going to Oklahoma please understand, you will not be treated like you have been in New York, Seattle, or Minneapolis.
It will be a much different scene!" The ominous tweet sparked public backlash, prompting a Trump campaign spokesman to clarify that the president was referring to agitators, not peaceful protesters.
Also drawing heavy criticism, which compelled Trump to reschedule, was Trump's original plan to hold the Tulsa rally on the Juneteenth holiday in a city known for one of the worst incidents of racial violence in U.S. history.
The 1921 Tulsa Massacre resulted in the deaths of about 300 people in the historically Black district of Greenwood, where white rioters destroyed 23 churches, more than 2,000 Black-owned businesses and homes, and 36 square blocks of the neighborhood, according to the Greenwood Cultural Center.
Greenwood coffee shop owner, Dwight Eaton told Reuters that he thinks the rally is giving local people a reason to unite against Trump's policies.
"Well, for the community itself, ironically, it mobilizes the community to get them to come together to collectively plan for the development of the community.
So as it would be counteroffensive but on the flip side it allows people to understand where they are and the place within respective of Trump's policies." Other Black residents of Tulsa are hoping to use Trump’s visit to spotlight racial inequity and push for reparations for victims of the 1921 massacre, either through money, scholarships to local colleges or returning land that was taken from victims.
That Donald Trump rally inside Tulsa’s BOK Center on June 20th has resulted in what many feared. The president and his re-election campaign ignored the risks of COVID-19 to hold their rally. The team was repeatedly warned about a potential coronavirus spike for the city, says Gimodo. Tulsa City-County Health Department says the county has seen almost 500 new cases of the virus. That is only in the past two days... 261 on Monday and 206 on Tuesday...
Roughly two weeks ago, President Donald Trump held a campaign rally at an indoor arena in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in which 6,200 people attended. Now, CNN reports Tulsa is experiencing a surge in novel coronavirus COVID-19 cases. A Tulsa Health Department said on Wednesday there are high numbers being reported this week. The city has seen nearly 500 new cases in just two days. Trends are showing those numbers are likely to increase.
Top Trump campaign official and girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr. Kimberly Guilfoyle has tested positive for coronavirus. Guilfoyle tested positive in South Dakota before she was set to attend President Donald Trump's event at Mount Rushmore. CNN reports Guilfoyle was not with the President and Donald Trump Jr. has so far tested negative. Guilfoyle has not met with President Trump recently, but she was backstage for his rally in Tulsa, and was also at his event in Phoenix.
The Washington Post reported actions by President Donald Trump’s campaign at his Tulsa rally. The campaign reportedly removed thousands of “Do Not Sit Here, Please!” stickers from seats in the center. The Bank of Oklahoma Center purchased these stickers to keep people apart by leaving open seats. According to CNN, Trump campaign’s communications director spoke about the health precautions they took at the rally.
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As COVID-19 infections surge, health care professionals across the US are struggling to keep up with the demand for personal protective equipment. But according to UPI, a new report reveals that in 11 states, there's a shortage of intensive care unit doctors to take care of non-COVID-19 patients, too. This week's update shows that Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah and Washington all could face a shortage of intensivists.
On Friday, public health officials in Oklahoma announced that the state will start using text messages for contact tracing. Gizmodo reports that this will allow alerts to be sent to people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 by patients that have tested positive.
Multimedia messaging app Snapchat has apologised for a controversial Juneteenth themed filter that allowed users to "smile and break the chains." Snapchat said the lens that went live had not gone through its usual review protocols. "We deeply apologize for the offensive Juneteenth Lens. The Lens that went live hadn't been approved through our review process. We are investigating so this doesn't happen again," the Snapchat tweeted. The Multimedia messaging app also said that the company is investigating the 'mistake.' According to the Verge, Juneteenth is the anniversary of the day in 1865 when a group of enslaved people in Texas finally learned that slavery in the US had ended, more than two years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
The world is still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic and people are taking to the streets to protest police brutality against Black people. It is also Juneteenth, the day to commemorate the official end of slavery in America. They also played new music with Legend premiering "Never Break" and Keys premiering "Perfect Way to Die." "I think we need a lot of hope right now," Keys said as she played "Empire State of Mind," a song she said provides hope.