The number of Americans interested in participating in President Trump’s rally in Tulsa this Sunday is so great that Oklahoma governor Kevin Stitt is pushing for it to be held in a larger venue.
A million Americans apply to join the rally
One MILLION ticket requests for President @realDonaldTrump’s rally on Saturday‼️
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) June 16, 2020
Stitt spoke with Trump and VP Mike Pence on Monday, noting that about a million people have applied to join the rally. Some are so eager to make America great again that they have already started lining up outside the currently-booked venue, BOK Center. The arena in central Tulsa only seats 19,000 people.
On Monday Stitt told journalists that “We’re excited we’re being recognized as one of the first states to safely and measurably reopen. I’m looking for a potential other venue that maybe we could move it outside. It’s still kind of in the works.”
Stitt is booked to introduce the president at the rally. The governor reported that he plans to take Trump and Pence on a tour of Tulsa’s Greenwood District. The neighborhood used to be home to a wealthy black community nicknamed ‘Black Wall Street.’ It was all destroyed in a massive racist attack in 1921 in which 300 people were killed.
Trump’s rally was initially scheduled for Friday. However, June 19 is the day to commemorate the end of slavery in the USA, so the campaign decided to move the rally to the following day.
Selective hysteria about the corona threat
Some health officials are still harping on about the danger posed by coronavirus for such a large gathering. The same voices have been silent over such a danger presented by the mass protests and riots across the country. Evidence has shown that the coronavirus is nowhere near as deadly as initially feared. Nevertheless, Republican party representatives have noted that everyone who participates in the rally will be given a mask and the freedom to choose whether or not to wear it. Oklahoma has no policy forbidding large gatherings.
Oklahoma has had 359 COVID-19 related deaths, more than half of which have been residents of nursing homes.
Some are raising the alarm over an apparent increase in cases of the coronavirus in Oklahoma. Governor Stitt has pointed out that this is largely due to increased testing. Around 150 are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Oklahoma and the medical system is not under stress.
The Trump campaign has said that it is open to finding a new outdoor venue in Tulsa.
JUST IN: Pence says Trump campaign considering different venue, "outside activities" for Tulsa rally https://t.co/GR7Oc2lqCg pic.twitter.com/7tEAJBUNEH
— The Hill (@thehill) June 16, 2020