After officially announcing the new date for his return to the campaign trail, President Trump is expecting a turnout that could be a very telling sign of the President’s true level of support.
The president’s campaign said on Sunday that his first post coronavirus rally has received the largest number of ticket requests out of all of his events.
“Just passed 800,000 tickets,” Brad Parscale, Trump’s campaign manager, tweeted. “Biggest data haul and rally signup of all time by 10x. Saturday is going to be amazing!”
Mr. Parscale previously tweeted that the campaign was looking to add a second event in Oklahoma to accommodate the throngs of people eager to see the president.
Trump’s coming rally in Oklahoma has drawn some contradictory opinions from public health officials that worry about the spread of coronavirus but have been rather quiet about the dangers of the Black Lives Matter rallies.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former Food and Drug Administration commissioner until 2019, told CBS on Sunday that he does not think holding the rally is a good idea.
“If I was giving advice to the administration on this, I would say that they should withhold large political rallies right now,” Dr. Gottlieb told CBS. “They also need to lead by example, and so encouraging people to social distance, encouraging people to wear masks, that’s what we should be engaging in right now.”
Trump’s team has encouraged those attending the Oklahoma event to take proper precautions.
The President’s rally was originally slated to take place on June 19th, otherwise known as Juneteenth, a commemoration of when Texas slaves were made aware of the end of slavery in the United States two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.
Tulsa, Okla., the location for the rally, was the scene in 1921 of one of the most severe attacks on blacks in American history.
President Trump moved the rally to Saturday, June 20th in observance of Juneteenth after black community and other political leaders suggested that the president do so.
“There’s special sensitivities there in Tulsa, but Juneteenth is a very significant day, so my encouragement to the president was to be able to pick a day around it,” Sen. James Lankford said Sunday. Lankford said he was among several people who had spoken with Trump.
Lankford said he had called Trump on an unrelated matter and that Trump broached the issue. He said Trump told him he was thinking about rescheduling and asked Lankford’s opinion.
“I suggested, ‘Yes, I think that would be a great idea. It would be very, very respectful to the community,” Lankford said. He said Trump immediately said he didn’t want to do anything that would show disrespect to the black community.
Sen. Tim Scott said he was “thankful” that Trump rescheduled the rally.
“The president moving the date by a day once he was informed on what the Juneteenth was, that was a good decision on his part,” said Scott, the only black Republican senator.