The revelation is made in le journal Wall Street the next book by writer Michael Bender Frankly We Won This Election: The Inside Story Of Trump’s Loss, which will be released on August 10.
In an excerpt from the book published by Politics, Bender describes how Trump officials discussed the locations and possible dates for the plans ahead of the rally.
Among the potential locations named were Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
In the end, the campaign ended with Oklahoma, which was reportedly put on campaign manager Brad Parscale’s list of possibilities after asking then-Vice President Mike Pence which state is led by a Trump-friendly Republican had the most flexible Covid restrictions in the country.
According to Bender, it was Mr. Parscale who first recommended that the Tulsa rally be held on June 19.
The reporter said no one on the team had reported concerns about the date – or the “combination of time and place – as potentially problematic.”
“If Parscale had bothered to ask Katrina Pierson, the campaign’s most senior black member and close friend of Parscale, she would have told him that June 19 was June 19, an important holiday for black Americans who commemorated the end of slavery. Mr. Bender wrote.
“She also allegedly told him that Tulsa, as most black Americans are well aware, was the site of one of the bloodiest outbreaks of racial violence in the country’s history. “
“The media are not going to give us the benefit of the doubt, especially now,” said McDaniel.
Despite the warnings, he continued with the plans, even though he had time to change them, Bender said.
Once the plans were revealed, sparking outrage from Democrats, Mr Trump was reportedly surprised by the backlash, asking those around him if they knew what Juneteenth was.
Two days after the rally was announced, the former president reportedly turned to a secret service agent, who was black, to question him about the day.
” I know what it is. And it is very offensive to me that you organize this rally on June 17, ”the Secret Service agent told Mr. Trump, according to Bender.
Later that night, Mr. Trump posted on Twitter that he wanted to change the date of his rally, with the event taking place the day after June 17, June 20, 2020.
In the days leading up to the rally, Bender writes that he met the president for an interview and that Mr. Trump tried to breathe new life into the controversy, claiming he put Juneteenth on the public radar.
“No one had heard of it,” Trump said.
Bender said the then president was surprised to learn that his own administration issued statements during his first three years in office to commemorate June 19.
” Oh really? Mr. Trump responded, according to the reporter. “We issued a statement? Trump’s White House issued a statement?
He then later insisted that he had done “something right” by sparking the controversy.
“I made Juneteenth very famous,” he said.
In the end, the Tulsa rally was considered a disaster, with just 6,200 people scattered around the 19,000-capacity BOK Center arena for what was Mr. Trump’s first rally in three. month. Concerns over the pandemic and a campaign by TikTok users and K-Pop fans to falsely reserve seats have been blamed.
During the rally, he said he told his coronavirus experts to ‘slow down testing’, apparently to mask the true number of infections, which played into critics’ assessment that he was not taking not the pandemic seriously.
Mr Trump’s friend and former Republican nomination contestant Herman Cain attended the rally and was diagnosed shortly after with Covid-19, of which he died on July 30. It was not clear whether Mr. Cain had been infected as a result of his presence.
Upon returning to the White House, video and photographs showed an apparently dejected Mr. Trump walking slowly from Marine One, looking tired and with his tie unusually loose.