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. Many of my African American friends and supporters have reached out to suggest that we consider changing the date out…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2020
President Donald Trump has said that he will delay until June 20 his rally in Tulsa. Oklahoma that had planned for June 19, the holiday known as Juneteenth. Trump had faced massive backlash from his critics over the timing and location of the rally. Originally planned for a holiday celebrating the end of slavery in America, in a city where an infamous race massacre took place. Trump tweeted on Friday night that “We had before scheduled our #MAGA Rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for June 19th – a big deal. Unfortunately. Yet, this would fall on the Juneteenth Holiday”. Many of my Africa & 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.
Trump said, “I have so decided to move our rally to Saturday, June 20th, to honor their requests. We have already had tickets requests of more than 200,000 people. I look forward to seeing everyone in Oklahoma”.
Earlier in the day, Fox News aired an interview in which Trump defended holding his first campaign rally. Since the COVID-19 shutdowns on Juneteenth in Tulsa. Think about it as a celebration. My rally is a celebration the president told host Harris Faulkner. In the history of politics, I think I can say there’s never been any group or any person that’s had rallies as I do. Faulkner, who is black, had asked Trump if he had selected the date and the location on purpose. As both have meaning to black Americans – while Oklahoma isn’t a swing state. The date is significant because it’s Juneteenth. Which marks the day the last slaves informed of their freedom thanks to the Emancipation Proclamation.
The city is significant because Tulsa was where one of the most violent racial episodes in U.S. history occurred 99 years ago. To Faulkner’s question, Trump answered, “No, but I know exactly what you’re going to say”. Faulkner replied “Well, I’m just asking. I’ve not got anything to say”.