The AMERICAN President Donald Trump is to address supporters during his first campaign rally since the month of March, when the united states coronavirus lockout began.
Earlier this week, Mr. Trump boasted on Twitter that nearly a million people have requested tickets for the event at Tulsa’s Bank of Oklahoma Center.
But the 19,000-seat arena was far from full, and plans for him to meet outside by an “overflow” of the area have been abandoned.
There are concerns the event could increase the spread of Covid-19.
Only a few hours before the rally, the campaign said six staff members involved in the organization he had tested positive.
Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign rally is one of the biggest indoor gatherings in the US since the country is Covid-19 epidemic started.
Those attending had to sign a waiver to protect the Asset of the campaign of liability for any disease.
Friday, the Oklahoma, the supreme court has rejected a request asking that the social distancing guidelines to follow. However, the strength of the campaign said the participants must pass the control of the temperature before being allowed to enter the place – and that they should be offered masks.
More than 2.2 million cases of Covid-19 and 119 000 associated deaths have been reported in the united states, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University.
The Advantage of the campaign initially said that the president and the Vice-Chairman, Mike Pence would first speak to an outdoor stage set up for the overflow crowd.
Supporters had started queuing early in the week for a chance to get into the arena, amid expectations that at least 100 000 people would gather in the center of Tulsa.
But when the number has not appeared, campaign officials canceled the appearance, blaming “radical” protesters and the media for trying to “scare” the fans.
There were a few volatile scenes outside the place but no serious problems have been reported.
Inside the arena itself, the upper-tier municipality has been largely empty, although the rate of participation is not yet clear.
What does Trump say?
In his opening remarks, Mr. Trump said he had been “very bad people outside, they have done bad things,” but did not elaborate.
He said that they were “warriors” to attend despite the coronavirus warnings and said that the “silent majority” was ” stronger than ever “.
Taking aim at his rival Democrat to the presidency, he described Joe Biden as ” a powerless puppet of the radical left “.
Mr. Trump also cast doubt on the authenticity of some of the countries of the coronavirus cases and accused left-wingers of “desecrating” statues at the recent Black Lives Matter protests.
What is the context?
The rally took place amid fears that it could become a “super spreader” event. The number of new cases of Covid-19 in Oklahoma is rising this week.
In a Facebook post, Tulsa Mayor GT Bynum has recognized that Tulsa residents are divided on it is the first city to host such an event.
“We are doing what our positive Covid-19 cases are on the rise, but, so that our hospital capacity is still strong. Some people think that it is great, some think it is irresponsible. Regardless of the place where each of us falls on this spectrum, we will go through it as a community, ” he wrote.
Political rallies are a source of inspiration as well as the dynamization of Donald Trump. It draws energy in arenas filled with enthusiastic supporters, and uses their responses to different riffs in his sometimes long, free-form, speech sense that the questions resonate with his loyal base.
For more than three months, as Covid-19 has spread across the united states, the president has had to do without these emotions and strategic sounding boards. Now, the gatherings are back, even if cases of the virus to reach new record levels in many states and public health officials continue to warn of the dangers of large gatherings.
With less than five months until election day, the president of the billing is this the beginning of his re-election. Given that he held his official campaign launch in Orlando almost exactly a year ago, it is perhaps better seen as a re-start of a campaign which has struggled to gain its footing as the nation has been marked by the pandemic and mass protests against institutional racism and excessive force by the police.
The president is now billing his campaign around the slogan ” the Great American Comeback “. Given the recent turmoil, and Mr. Trump’s sagging poll numbers, he is clearly hoping that the Tulsa rally was the beginning of his own renewal policy.
There were also concerns among officials in Tulsa that there would be clashes between supporters and opponents of the president.
Emotions are still running high following the murder of a black man unarmed, George Floyd, by the police of Minneapolis, last month, which had given rise to a lifting of anti-racism events.
Mayor Bynum said on Thursday a curfew covering the area around the BOK Center, citing the risk of ” civil unrest “. But last Friday, Mr. Trump announced that the curfew had been lifted for ” our many supporters “.
He also warned: “All protesters, anarchists, agitators, looters, or lowlifes who are going to Oklahoma please understand, you will not be treated like you have been to New York, Seattle, or Minneapolis. It will be very different from that of the stage! ”
Mr. Trump had originally planned to hold the rally on Friday. But it has changed the date of the last week, after learning, it fell on 19 June, known as Juneteenth, which marks the end of slavery in the united states.
The choice of location is also controversial. In 1921, Tulsa was the scene of a race riot in which white mobs attacked blacks and businesses.
During a peaceful Juneteenth rally in the city of Tulsa, Friday, the civil rights activist Al Sharpton has said that the activists could “Make America Great” for all the world for the first time.