6 TRUMP STAFFERS IN TULSA TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
President Donald Trump’s campaign says six staff members helping set up for his Saturday night rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, have tested positive for coronavirus, Jill Colvin reported for the Associated Press (AP) on Sunday, June 21, 2020.
The Rev. Al Sharpton, who eulogized the murdered George Floyd, also spoke in Tulsa as hundreds gathered to observe Juneteenth. He challenged Trump directly, using the president’s own words. “It’s lowlifes that shoot unarmed people, Mr. President,” Sharpton said. “You couldn’t be talking about us. Because we fought for the country when it wouldn’t fight for us.”
Supporters and detractors of Trump continued to gather Friday in Tulsa, where Trump is scheduled to take the stage for the first of his signature rallies during the coronavirus pandemic Ellen Knickmeyer and Sean Murphy reported for AP. Verbal clashes sparked at times as hundreds of people converged amid a nationwide push for racial justice and tensions over the continued health and economic threats of COVID-19.
And the gatherings happened on Juneteenth — a day celebrating the end of slavery in the United States — in a city with a long history of racial tension. Trump’s event scheduled for Saturday night will be held just blocks from the site of one of the worst racial massacres in US history, and Black leaders in Tulsa say they fear the president’s visit could lead to violence.