Trump’s Tulsa Rally to be a Full-Blown, All-Day Music Festival with MAGA Stars Being Flown In
Coronavirus be damned, the upcoming Tulsa, Oklahoma campaign rally for President Donald Trump on July 20 is going to be quite the shindig. At least if you believe his handlers, who are claiming it will be “a massive pro-Trump festival complete with musical acts.” Camera crews and a few “big names” will also be on hand.
Axios reports the Trump campaign will be “flying in high-profile backers and camera crews to show the world the fervency of his supporters.” Ugh.
“Organizers are leasing a jet to fly in surrogates the night before and multiple film crews are being brought in to record the event,” Axios reported, noting “people familiar with the plans,” and adding “speakers, performers, and surrogates will appear both inside and outside the arena.”
Trump will also speak at both arenas, the site noted.
Mediaite reports at least 50 Trump campaign surrogates will also be on hand.
Originally planned on Juneteenth, which is Friday, the rally was rescheduled for Saturday after controversy erupted over the poor choice of date. Juneteenth marks the end of slavery.
“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,” Trump said last week. “Many of my African-American friends and supporters have reached out to suggest that we consider changing the date out of respect for this Holiday, and in observance of this important occasion and all that it represents. I have therefore decided to move our rally to Saturday, June 20th, to honor their requests.”
But Trump’s also faced criticism for holding a campaign rally in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, and Dr. Bruce Dart, Tulsa’s Health Department director, isn’t on board with him holding Saturday’s rally.
“I think it’s an honor for Tulsa to have a sitting president want to come and visit our community, but not during a pandemic,” he said.
And Dr. Anthony Fauci, a prominent member of the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force, said he won’t be attending either, due to coronavirus worries.
“I’m in a high-risk category,” he said. “Personally, I would not. Of course not.”
Those who attend the rally are required to sign a waiver to forfeit their rights to sue should they test positive for the virus after the rally.
It’s pretty amazing to me that anyone would want to risk this and then potentially infect innocent people, but we are talking about Trump supporters, after all.