President Donald Trump announced he is rescheduling a rally to be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, from June 19 to June 20, following requests to move the date, as hundreds of thousands of people made requests for tickets.
The original date would “unfortunately” fall on a holiday known as Juneteenth, Trump said in a social media missive.
“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,” he added.
“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!”
Donald J. Trump
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...
…We have already had ticket requests in excess of 200,000 people. I look forward to seeing everyone in Oklahoma!
Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, said late Friday that ticket requests reached over 300,000 for the rally.
The original rally date, June 19—also known as “Juneteenth,”—is an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
Trump said the date was not set on purpose in an interview on Thursday with Fox News that was released June 12.
“The fact that I’m having a rally on that day, you can really think about that very positively as a celebration because a rally to me is a celebration,” Trump said. “It’s going to be really a celebration and it’s an interesting date, it wasn’t done for that reason, but it’s an interesting date, but it’s a celebration.”
Trump’s last rally was in Charlotte, North Carolina, on March 2. The CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, which causes a disease called COVID-19, prompted most governors to implement lockdowns and stay-at-home orders that month. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Trump rallies traditionally drew tens of thousands of people.
The Trump administration in mid-April unveiled a three-phase set of guidelines titled “Opening Up America Again,” intended for state and local officials to refer to in “reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives.”
The guidelines sought to help ease restrictions in areas of the country where the transmission rate of the CCP virus is low, while maintaining the restrictions in areas of higher rates of transmission.
Zachary Stieber contributed to this report.