Trump Campaign Removed Social Distancing Stickers At Tulsa Rally

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Coronavirus cases in Tulsa County were spiking in the days leading up to the rally and have continued to increase since.

According to The Washington Post, in “the hours before President Trump’s rally in Tulsa, his campaign directed the removal of thousands of ‘Do Not Sit Here, Please!’ stickers from seats in the arena that were intended to establish social distance between rallygoers.”

  • The removal “contradicted instructions from the management of the BOK Center, the 19,000-seat arena in downtown Tulsa where Trump held his rally on June 20,” The Post wrote.
  • The report stated that “as part of its safety plan, arena management had purchased 12,000 do-not-sit stickers for Trump’s rally, intended to keep people apart by leaving open seats between attendees.”
  • On the day of the rally, event staff had already placed stickers on almost every other seat in the arena “when Trump’s campaign told event management to stop and then began removing the stickers, hours before the president’s arrival,” the report continued.
  • And when “Trump took the stage on Saturday evening, the crowd was clustered together and attendees were not leaving empty seats between themselves,” The Post wrote.

They “told us that they didn’t want any signs posted saying we should social distance in the venue,” said Doug Thornton, executive vice president of the venue manager ASM Global. “The campaign went through and removed the stickers.”

  • Before the rally, Trump campaign manager spokesman Tim Murtaugh said in an emailed statement: “We take safety seriously, which is why we’re doing temperature checks for everyone attending, and providing masks and hand sanitizer. This will be a Trump rally, which means a big, boisterous, excited crowd. We don’t recall the media shaming demonstrators about social distancing — in fact the media were cheering them on.”

Since the event, “at least six members of the Trump campaign advance staff have tested positive for the coronavirus, including two Secret Service employees,” The Post reported. And cases in Tulsa County “hit a new high of 259 new confirmed cases on June 23.”

Read the full report here.


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