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Trump reboots campaign in Tulsa

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 6/20/20, 11:22 pm

At his first campaign rally since the coronavirus pandemic began, President Donald Trump criticized presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, lambasted the “left-wing mob” for tearing down Confederate monuments, and insisted “the silent majority is stronger than ever before.” A third of the seats in the 19,000-seat arena in Tulsa, Okla., sat empty on Saturday evening. The president’s campaign staff said protesters tried to frighten off his supporters. Small crowds of pre-rally demonstrators remained mostly peaceful.

What precautions did the campaign take against COVID-19? Trump’s staff instituted temperature checks for all in attendance and provided masks and hand sanitizer but did not require them. The president spoke about the disease in his 105-minute speech, at times using the racist term “kung flu” and touting his actions during the pandemic. He said he had recently suggested slowing down coronavirus testing. Six staff members who helped set up the event tested positive for the coronavirus earlier in the day and immediately went into quarantine, the campaign said.

Dig deeper: Read a report in the Saturday Series on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of COVID-19 in New York.

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Kyle is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute.

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  • AlanE
    Posted: Sun, 06/21/2020 08:44 pm

    "Mostly peaceful" may not be the best choice of words in light of current events.

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    Uff Da
    Posted: Mon, 06/22/2020 12:18 pm

    Can someone explain why the term, "Kung Flu" is racist?

    The press (and World, here) calls it racist, but what actually makes it racist?

    I find it to be a somewhat clever play on words that doesn't make me think any less of Chinese people. 

    Would the "virus that originated in China" be racist as well?

    Can we not acknowledge where things come from, or question how the Chinese government handled things without being labeled?

  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Wed, 06/24/2020 11:51 am

    Yep. We had the Spanish flu (which originated in Spain.) We had the Swine flu, which started with pigs, and unfairly targets farm animals. We even had Mad Cow Disease, Legionnaire's Disease, and many other sicknesses that are labeled with their origin. You are right. We cannot acknowledge where things originated without being racist. It's the world we live in now.

  • not silent
    Posted: Fri, 06/26/2020 08:11 am

    As a white person, I may not "get" why certain words or terms are offensive to others, but I'm willing to listen to the ones who are offended to find out why.  You don't know something until you know it, and we can't work together without listening to each other.  There is probably more to say about this, and I am still listening and learning; but, regarding the term you asked about, it doesn't just name where something came from-it uses a stereotypical depiction of an ethnic group to mock and minimize a serious issue (i.e., a virus that has killed thousands of people). 

  •  DaleCutler's picture
    Posted: Mon, 06/22/2020 12:48 pm

    "A third of the seats in the 19,000-seat arena in Tulsa, Okla., sat empty on Saturday evening." There were 6,200 in attendance.

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  • Big Jim
    Posted: Mon, 06/22/2020 05:16 pm

    Yea, these people sound like a bunch of social justice warriors. They infected the seminaries in the 19th century, the mainstream denominations 100 years ago and now the Church. No thanks.

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  • Big Jim
    Posted: Tue, 06/23/2020 03:09 am

    They may be social justice warriors but nikabriks? I think that's going a little too far.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 06/23/2020 04:48 pm

    I thought about going to the rally, because I live only about 90 miles from Tulsa. 

    But possibility of covid exposure was the first thing that made me hesitate.  Then the possibility of violent protestors around the rally site was number two. Finally, after reports of a million ticket requests, I decided there was no way I was going to stand in hours-long lines in the sun to get through security. 

    By the way, there are quite a few people in various social media bragging that they "disrupted Trump's racist rally" by ordering hundreds of tickets. Does it matter?  Not a lot, in my opinion. President Trump has my vote and the votes of millions of other ordinary people who are beyond fed up with the left's constant insanity. Rallies aren't going to make up or change people's minds. 

    And it seems the polls are not finding (deliberately?) the majority of us ordinary folks who will be voting either for President Trump, or against the left's madness. And I'm going to push a few peoples' buttons here, but Christians who will vote for President Trump's opponent are also infected with some form of madness, in my opinion.