Trump Honors Request from Black Supporters, Reschedules Tulsa Campaign Rally to June 20

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that he is rescheduling his first campaign rally in months to a day later so it won’t conflict with the Juneteenth observance of the end of slavery in the United States.

Trump had scheduled the rally — his first since early March — for June 19 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Black leaders said it was offensive for Trump to pick that day and that place, a city that in 1921 was the site of a fiery and orchestrated white-on-black attack.

Trump tweeted late Friday:

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 … of respect for this Holiday, and in observance of this important occasion and all that it represents. 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!

He said he is moving the rally to June 20 “to honor their requests.”

Trump’s signature rallies often draw tens of thousands of people but have been on hiatus since March 2 because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has now killed more than 110,000 people in the U.S.

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About the Headline Photo: President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a roundtable discussion about “Transition to Greatness: Restoring, Rebuilding, and Renewing,” at Gateway Church Dallas, Thursday, June 11, 2020, in Dallas.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Ron Welch

    Slavery did not end with the Emancipation Proclamation. A proclamation has no legal effect. It was an admitted, by Lincoln’s Sec of State, as a psychological tactic of war. And it was only directed toward slavery in the Southern States that had seceded and not to slavery in Union States. Slavery wasn’t ended until AFTER the Civil War with the enactment of the 13th and 14th Amendments which overturned the 1857 SCOTUS Dred Scott decision. Union General Ulysses S. Grant kept his slaves until those amendments were passed.

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