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Opinion Trump's shaky start in Tulsa

16:55  21 june  2020
16:55  21 june  2020 Source:   theweek.com

Donald Trump’s Race Speech In Tulsa Will Be Just Another Sop To His White Supporters

  Donald Trump’s Race Speech In Tulsa Will Be Just Another Sop To His White Supporters President Donald Trump is going to Tulsa, Oklahoma, the site of a 1921 racist massacre triggered by white resentment, on June 19, the Juneteenth holiday celebrating the Black emancipation from slavery and the continued struggle for freedom. He’s planning a rally while Americans join in widespread anti-racism protests, which he opposes. And he’s going so he can talk up his record on race to his largely white voter base. The rally next Friday willPresident Donald Trump is going to Tulsa, Oklahoma, the site of a 1921 racist massacre triggered by white resentment, on June 19, the Juneteenth holiday celebrating the Black emancipation from slavery and the continued struggle for freedom.

Trump had several reasons for his shaky performance at West Point on June 13, saying he gave a nearly 45 minutes speech, had left early in the morning, saluted 'essentially 'President Trump ’ s rally in Tulsa attracted over 4 million unique viewers across all of the campaign’s digital media channels.

Trump thanks Tulsa crowd: 'You are warriors'. FOX News. Trump Campaign Blames Protesters, Media For Modest Crowd In Tulsa . Newsy. Trump ' s Tulsa rally in less than 4 minutes. The Washington Post. Why Trump was upset before Tulsa rally started . CNN.

For the thousands of people in the audience it was the Elvis '68 Comeback Special. For the members of the press it was Fyre Festival. For the rest of us watching from home, it was a standard Donald Trump campaign rally.

Donald Trump in a suit standing in front of a crowd: Trump tulsa © Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images Trump tulsa

The president's appearance in Tulsa on Saturday, which did not quite fill the 19,000-seat indoor arena booked for it, is already being treated as a referendum on his re-election chances with voters in a state that he won by 36 percent four years ago. This is true even of the journalists who are happy to accept the idea that the event was not full because thousands of tickets had been assigned to young people who deliberately requested them with no plans of showing up. Whether his unpopularity, Tik-Tok shenanigans, some totally mysterious third case (e.g., people not wanting to attend a crowded indoor event at which few if any persons in the audience were likely to be wearing masks) is responsible for the lower-than-expected turnout is an open question. It is also a very boring one. Nothing confirms me in my long-held view that this president and the journalists who moan about him for a living deserve one another more than both sides' willingness to squabble about crowd figures.

Trump in Tulsa: Black residents fear president wants a 'charged atmosphere'

  Trump in Tulsa: Black residents fear president wants a 'charged atmosphere' On the eve of Juneteenth, Tulsa appeared to channel the nation's restiveness: coronavirus fears, unemployment worries, racial divisions following the killing of George Floyd and political rancor stirred by a president who thrives on stoking America's anxieties and differences. Many in the mostly white crowd were not worried about catching COVID-19. The atmosphere in line was festive. Some drivers dropped off bottled water and beeped encouragement as they passed Trump flags and a red, white and blue sign with the word “Freedom.

Donald Trump Videos. Trump Supporters Gather in Tulsa for Rally. Crowds assembled in Tulsa , Okla., ahead of the president’ s first campaign event since the start of the coronavirus pandemic and the nationwide protests for racial justice.

Does Trump mock the virus? Mr. Trump has been downplaying the risk of attending his rally, even as the number of infections in Tulsa and across the country continues to rise and some companies are already beginning to shut down again. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Trump

But what actually happened? Trump complained about "fake-news CNN" and called for the reopening of schools in the fall. He hypothesized about a female victim of home invasion "whose husband is away as a traveling salesman or whatever he may do." He observed that the coronavirus has "more names than any disease in history" and that "many people call it a virus, which it is." (He claimed that he was aware of at least 19 such names, including "Kung Flu.") He told the audience that they were "lucky" he was president and spoke amid raucous applause for "brand-new gorgeous helicopters" and the multitude of televisions on Air Force One. He suggested making flag burning illegal, under penalty of a year's imprisonment. He frequently used language that would have given the broadcast a rating of TV-14 if it had appeared as a scripted program. He mused about how his supporters are "the elite," not journalists, who are not elite because among other reasons he has "better hair" and "better carpets" than them. He denounced the Swedish and Brazilian responses to the pandemic. He talked for 15 minutes about ramps. He performatively drank a glass of water, a feat that could be seen as a normal part of anyone being asked to speak at great length or, alternately, as evidence that he is the "GREATEST. PRESIDENT. EVER." You decide.

Oklahoma Supreme Court rejects legal bid to stop Trump's Tulsa rally over health concerns

  Oklahoma Supreme Court rejects legal bid to stop Trump's Tulsa rally over health concerns Trump’s rally, his first since the coronavirus crisis shut down public gatherings, has angered some residents who worry the event could cause a large scale outbreak.Residents and businesses filed the lawsuit over concerns that President Trump's campaign rally, expected to draw 19,000 people to the BOK Center in Tulsa, could worsen the pandemic in the city. They demanded that the arena adhere to social distancing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or that the event be canceled or postponed.

Trump praises rally attendees prior to appearance in Tulsa . Trump administration weighs in on new effort to end DACA program.

As Trump ' s Tulsa , Oklahoma rally starts against a tense political and social backdrop, we will be providing LIVE President Trump canceled outdoor remarks scheduled in Tulsa before the main event. In a statement the campaign said: “Sadly, protesters interfered with supporters, even blocking

One thing Trump did not mention in his two hours of remarks was the death of George Floyd, whose killing on May 25 has led to nationwide calls for police reform and set in motion rioting, looting, the destruction of monuments, the creation of a quasi-sovereign landlocked nation within the borders of downtown Seattle, and the de facto abandonment of pandemic social distancing measures. Another was Juneteenth, the holiday he has previously taken (in the case of certain audiences probably somewhat deserved) credit for popularizing after rescheduling the rally in question, which had originally been scheduled for the 19th.

My overall impression was that Trump is still somewhat uncertain about how he intends to go about campaigning in the months between now and November. Will the boos we heard when he mentioned Neil Gorsuch convince him not to seize upon his first Supreme Court nominee as a rousing success? Will he continue to equivocate about the pandemic, simultaneously crediting his (limited and almost certainly inadequate) border control measures from months ago with saving hundreds of thousands of lives and winking at people who do not take the virus seriously? Whatever the answer is, he will soon learn that, while there may be a sizable portion of the American public for whom the horrors of flag burning are an issue of paramount importance, they do not make up a vast majority, silent or otherwise, much less the exceedingly narrow one he will need again in a state like Michigan.

Saturday's show, the first on Trump's reunion tour, was for diehards only. Pretty soon he is going to ignore the deep cuts and start playing the hits, including the ones he hasn't written yet about the economic recovery that is still far from assured.

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Dozens of Secret Service officers and agents told to self-quarantine after Trump’s Tulsa rally .
The move came after two Secret Service employees at the event tested positive for the coronavirus, along with six other advance staffers.Dozens of Secret Service officers and agents who were on site for President Trump’s rally in Tulsa last week were ordered to self-quarantine after two of their colleagues tested positive for the novel coronavirus, part of the fallout from Trump’s insistence on holding the mass gathering over the objections of public health officials.

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