Trump Threatens Possible Violence Against Protesters Outside His Tulsa Rally
President Donald Trump issued a warning against demonstrations to would-be protesters in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Friday morning, suggesting they could be met with violence if they gather outside his planned campaign rally this weekend.
- Trump wrote in tweet: “Any protesters, anarchists, agitators, looters or lowlifes who are going to Oklahoma please understand, you will not be treated like you have been in New York, Seattle, or Minneapolis. It will be a much different scene!”
The Hill noted that “Trump has heavily criticized Democratic leaders in New York, Seattle and Minneapolis for not sufficiently cracking down on demonstrations that have erupted across the country to protest racism and police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd.”
In Tulsa, city officials announced a curfew for Friday and Saturday in an effort to avoid violent protests during Trump’s rally.
The president was met with immediate criticism for initially scheduling the campaign rally on Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S., and in Tulsa, which was “the site of one of the deadliest incidents of anti-black racial violence in the country in 1921.”
The Trump campaign moved the rally to June 20, the day after the holiday.
Trump’s tweet follows sustained criticism over his response to nationwide protests surrounding Floyd’s death, police brutality and racial injustice.
The president has “sharply criticized protests that have at times turned violent and has demanded that states more forcefully crack down on the demonstrations,” despite also expressing outrage over Floyd’s killing.
The Hill reported that Trump “recently excoriated Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (D) for failing to dispel a group of protesters that have occupied part of the city.”
"You have a governor who doesn’t do a damn thing about it, and you have a mayor that doesn’t know she’s alive," Trump told reporters on Monday.
"If they don’t do the job, I’ll do the job," Trump continued, without offering specifics.