Trump Moves Rally to June 20 to Honor Requests of Friends, Supporters

Mimi Nguyen Ly
By Mimi Nguyen Ly
June 13, 2020Politics
Trump Moves Rally to June 20 to Honor Requests of Friends, Supporters
President Donald Trump at his 2020 reelection event in Orlando, Fla., on June 18, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

President Donald Trump announced that he is rescheduling a rally to be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, from June 19 to June 20, following requests to move the date.

“We had previously scheduled our #MAGA Rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for June 19th—a big deal,” the president wrote on Twitter. “Unfortunately, however, this would fall on the Juneteenth Holiday.”

“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,” he continued.

“I have therefore decided to move our rally to Saturday, June 20th, in order to honor their requests. We have already had ticket requests in excess of 200,000 people. I look forward to seeing everyone in Oklahoma!”

Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, noted on Twitter late Friday that tickets are in excess of 300,000 for the rally in Tulsa.

The original rally date, June 19—also known as “Juneteenth,”—is an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

Earlier on Friday, in an interview with Fox News, Trump was asked whether the date was set on purpose, to which he responded it wasn’t.

“That’s right. The fact that I’m having a rally on that day, you can really think about that very positively as a celebration because a rally to me is a celebration,” Trump said during the interview. “It’s going to be really a celebration and it’s an interesting date, it wasn’t done for that reason, but it’s an interesting date, but it’s a celebration.”

Trump’s last rally was in Charlotte, North Carolina, on March 2. The CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus caused most U.S. states to implement lockdowns and stay-at-home orders in March. Prior to the CCP virus pandemic, Trump rallies traditionally drew tens of thousands of people to arenas or outdoor amphitheaters.

The Trump administration in mid-April unveiled a three-phase set of guidelines titled “Opening Up America Again,” intended for state and local officials to refer to in “reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives.”

The guidelines sought to help ease restrictions in areas of the country where the transmission rate of the CCP virus is low, while maintaining the restrictions in areas of higher rates of transmission.

From The Epoch Times

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