The judge refuses emergency request to stop Trump Tulsa campaign rally because of coronavirus fears


The decision came after lawyers asked the court to block the event unless the organizers have agreed to take steps to accede to the administration of social distancing recommendations to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Paul DeMuro, one of the lawyers on the case trying to block the rally, said that, despite the emergency motion to block the rally will be refused — the case will be at the head of the Supreme Court of the state.

“The lawsuit is still intact and moving forward,” DeMuro told CNN. “We will continue to fight in the Oklahoma Supreme Court. ”

Citing Tulsa health department statistics showing that the new coronavirus number of cases occurred on Monday, the lawyers are suing the parent company of the Bank of Oklahoma Center, the venue scheduled to host the rally, taken from the ” in spite of this alarming increase in COVID-19 infections in the County of Tulsa, ASW Global plans to bring tens of thousands of people in a confined space arena, in the centre of the city of Tulsa for a political rally on 20 June 2020 … without putting precautions in place to prevent the spread of the virus. “

“As it is currently planned, the Rally will endanger not only the health of the guests in attendance, all but Tulsa community and the entire community in which customers can by the rest of the trip. If the WSA World moves forward with the Rally without a proper review, planning, training, protective equipment, and safeguards, the case of COVID-19—and the inevitable monitoring of deaths—will be on the rise, ” the petition states.The rally would be Trump’s first major campaign event since the coronavirus pandemic of the judgment of most of American life, and officials expect hundreds of thousands of supporters to try to attend. The Bank of Oklahoma Center holds about 20,000 people, but the Trump card of the campaign said that more than 1 million people have made it a mandatory to participate, but it is doubtful how many plan to do so.

The Advantage of the campaign declined to comment on the case.

DeMuro told CNN that the decision to sue to stop the rally was not political.

“We are not asking to stop the rally. If you need to understand that, first of all, if Joe Biden, if the Thunder (an NBA team in the vicinity of the City of Oklahoma city), if Garth Brooks was wanting to be 19, 000 person event and this centre, on Sunday, with no respect for the government has forced the CDC guidelines, with respect to the mass protests, we made the same allegations and the filing of the same lawsuit, ” DeMuro said.

“All that we ask is very simple: If the President wants to organize a gathering here, he should follow the social distancing guidelines of its own (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). ”

Trump’s campaign officials have said that there will be control of the temperature at the entrance of the arena, and of masks and hand sanitizer will be distributed. However, there are no plans to implement social distancing guidelines.

The lawsuit was filed in the name of a series of community groups and two individuals, who are the lawyers describe as being particularly vulnerable to the spread of Covid-19. In their complaint, they describe the indoor event as a “super spreader,” which could lead to long-term impact, even people who choose not to attend. They point out that the CDC-recommended guidelines in their complaint, as evidence that the proposed event could result in a danger to the public.

Lara Asset, the main Asset of the campaign advisor and daughter-in-law of the President, said in an interview with Fox News on Monday that the campaign will not “ensure that everyone wears a mask” on the occasion of the rally.

“We have people in masks,” Lara Trump said. “If they choose to wear, we are happy. If they choose not to wear them, we’re not going to go around and enforce that everyone wears a mask. ”

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While DeMuro, said the trial is not political, the groups appear to also send another message as well.

The trial notes of Tulsa, including the Tulsa race massacre of 1921, one of the most violent racist events of American history in which a white mob killed hundreds of African-Americans, and destroyed the Greenwood district, also known as Black Wall Street.

After the campaign announced the rally would be held in Tulsa Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the emancipation of the slaves after the end of the Civil War, Trump has been a strong political pressure and made a rare reversal by moving the gathering to Saturday.

The plaintiffs in the case include the Greenwood Centre, a group of entrusting the ownership and management of buildings in the historic district and the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, which is described as a group ” that organizes and hosts events in the city centre of Tulsa is dedicated to raising awareness to the issues of racial discrimination, and keep alive the memory of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. ”

Local and campaign officials have described the planning of this rally as chaotic.

Tulsa Mayor G. T. Bynum, a Republican, wrote Tuesday in a Facebook post that he was not aware of the “invitation had been extended” for the Saturday campaign rally.

“Was the first large campaign rally after the arrival of COVID-19 my idea? No. I didn’t even know that the invitation had been extended until the BOK Center management contacted the City regarding the help of the Police for the event, ” Bynum wrote. “Can I share the anxiety about having a house at the BOK Center? Of course. As someone who is cautious by nature, I don’t like to be the first to try anything. I would have liked another city to have proved the safety of such an event already. ”

The state and city officials told CNN they expect about 200,000 people to be in the city of Tulsa for the rally. Since the BOK Center holds 20,000, an enormous amount of interest has led to the exploration of additional sites for overflow, or a kind of second case.

An Asset to the campaign official said Tuesday, CNN that they are exploring options for a second, overflow location to accommodate the expected response for the rally. The campaign has not yet firm plans, but said the main rally will not change.

The second place to serve as an additional opportunity for supporters of the President to take part in the event and it is “likely” that the President appears at this location in person.

A number of options are being considered for second place, including outside, but the goal is to find a second site that is “adjacent” to the BOK Center.

This story and its main have been updated with new developments on Tuesday.


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