Trump claims he's being 'covid-shamed' for holding a rally in the middle of the pandemic

Tobi Akingbade
Wednesday 17 June 2020 10:30
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Donald Trump has gone on another Twitter rant! Must be a day ending in Y.

This time, he’s complaining – without irony – that he's being “Covid shamed” for wanting to hold rallies during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The president made the comments on Twitter while comparing his rallies to the Black Lives Matter protest held over the past few weeks in response to the death of George Floyd.

The bizarre tweet comes just days ahead of his controversial rally set to be held in three days’ time in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday.

Trump’s rally has been set to be take place on 20 June, after it was moved from 19 June – also known as Juneteenth.

Juneteenth is known as Emancipation Day, when American slaves in the USA were officially informed that they were free.

Many critics were also left angered by the location choice – combined with the date – as Tulsa was the site of one of the most dangerous acts of racial violence in American history in 1921.

A mob of white people attacked an area of Tulsa, known as Black Wall Street, and murdered over 300 black people who lived in the area.

Sherry Gamble Smith, president of Tulsa’s Black Wall Street Chamber of Commerce, called the date and location combination "totally disrespectful and a slap in the face."

Eventually, Trump announced on Friday in a series of tweets that the date would be changed.

Aside from the problematic racial undertones of his choice of date and place for the rally, Tulsa officials have warned that coronavirus cases are going up, and packing thousands of people together to cheer on the president probably isn't the best choice.

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