Trump plans new rallies as a pandemic rages on — and he picked a terrible date to start
President Donald Trump’s long racist history will gain another notch on his belt when he resumes holding his official campaign rallies by flying to the city of the “single worst incident of racial violence in American history” on a Juneteenth, a sacred day celebrating the end of slavery.
Trump was to deliver a speech on race relations, but that may have been canceled after a report by journalist April Ryan revealed the address was being crafted by Stephen Miller, a top Trump White House advisor and a white nationalist.
Trump now will deliver a speech Thursday on law and order and policing.
Next week, on Friday, June 19 – which just happens, coincidentally, to be Juneteenth – the President will board Air Force One and jet off to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where 99 years ago this month anywhere between dozens and hundreds were horrifically slaughtered in the Tulsa Race Massacre.
“The Trump campaign’s choice of Tulsa on Juneteenth is curious given the city’s history,” The Washington Post noted. “The worst single incident of racial violence in U.S. history occurred in Tulsa in 1921, when mobs of whites killed dozens of African Americans, injured hundreds and destroyed a black neighborhood. Trump’s announcement comes as thousands protest racial injustice across the United States.”
In addition to the lives lost, nearly 7000 were wounded and had to be hospitalized or housed in large facilities. 35 square city blocks of what was called at the time “Black Wall Street,” for its affluent population, were burned to the ground, at a loss of wealth in modern day terms of over $30 million.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is a day celebrating the end of slavery. On that day in 1865, Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was finally read to slaves in Texas, the last Confederate state to announce the proclamation – two and a half years after it had been signed.
Some reactions to the news:
So...Juneteenth. In the city where the Tulsa Massacre took place in 1921. As he’s pushing back against anti-racism… https://t.co/8PcTz5UQ5z— Hayes Brown (@Hayes Brown)1591821999.0
TRUMP: Hey black people, what have you got to lose? TRUMP (3 yrs later) Hey black people, I'm going to host a whit… https://t.co/9FNuLqUH1m— Ken Tremendous (@Ken Tremendous)1591830729.0
You want proof that trump HATES "The Blacks?" He just selected Tulsa, OK -- the site of the Tulsa Massacre that ki… https://t.co/l70hKaiHTH— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!)1591831162.0
The horrific Tulsa Race Massacre occurred 99 years ago this month: #OHS https://t.co/l5iYiglN07— Michael Beschloss (@Michael Beschloss)1591831015.0
So Trump is returning to the campaign trail on Juneteenth with a MAGA rally at the site of the Tulsa Race Massacre,… https://t.co/M2I7znVX67— Maya Harris (@Maya Harris)1591828728.0
Trump is holding his first campaign during the corona virus outbreak and BLM protests in Tulsa, Ok. Is it a coinc… https://t.co/YdlpKAYhLo— Alex Cole (@Alex Cole)1591827287.0
Tulsa, scene of the worst white on black race riots in this country’s history. Hundreds of blacks lynched, thousand… https://t.co/J8abehl0Et— Alex Cole (@Alex Cole)1591832620.0
So @realDonaldTrump wants to do his first campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla. on JUNETEENTH?! Really?This is also the 99… https://t.co/7VwHlz0FWZ— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin)1591831712.0