President reschedules campaign rally after Juneteenth uproar

The Associated Press - June 13, 2020 12:15 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The President says that he is rescheduling his first campaign rally in months to a day later so it won’t conflict with the Juneteenth observance of the end of slavery in the United States.

The President had scheduled the rally — his first since early March — for June 19th in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Black leaders said that it was offensive for Trump to pick that day and place, a city that in 1921 was the site of a fiery and orchestrated white-on-black attack which destroyed an area that was known as Black Wall Street.

The President tweeted late Friday, “Many of my African American friends and supporters have reached out to suggest that we consider changing the date.” He said he is moving the rally to June 20th “to honor their requests.”

 

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