Trump calls the protesters “thunderbolts” despite peaceful demonstrations in Tulsa and much of the United States

Thousands of people, many wearing MAGA hats and waving American flags, arrived in the arena of the Tulsa Bank of Oklahoma Center as a group of protesters chanted “Black Living Matter” near one of the entrances.

After the number of people at Saturday’s rally was smaller than initially expected, Trump thanked those who attended the event.

“You’re warriors. We had very bad people out there. They did bad things. But I really appreciate that,” Trump said.

The president later said there were “very bad people” out there, describing the protesters as “robbers”.

There were large groups of protesters in downtown Tulsa, near the rally site, police said, but they demonstrated peacefully.

“There are several groups of protesters with different views near the neighboring rally,” the Tulsa Police Department said Tweeted, “Excessively, these encounters have been peaceful with anyone trying to share their views.”
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Earlier, the Trump campaign blamed what they described as “radical protesters” for preventing people from entering the rally. Several CNN teams in Tulsa have not seen any such type of activity.

Similar protests and marches, sparked by George Floyd’s death on May 25, in at least a dozen other U.S. cities on Saturday were peaceful.

Crowds of protesters gathered in front of the Atlanta police station, and the woman sang “America Beautiful” as they waved a burning American flag.

In New York, protesters marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan’s Foley Square as groups gathered in various parts of Washington, DC and near the White House.

The demonstrations come a day after Trump warned on Twitter that “protesters, anarchists, agitators, robbers or humble people” outside of his rally could be treated harshly.

A rally aimed at re-ruling Trump’s re-election candidacy was originally scheduled for Friday, June 16 – a day celebrating the end of slavery in the United States.

The president postponed the event in response to criticism, but was largely silent on the issue of systemic racism and resisted changes proposed after the protests.
Protesters gathered in Tulsa near the entrance to the place where Trump will hold a rally on Saturday.

Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma told Fox News on Saturday that he expects Trump to talk about race, adding that “only the president can talk about that issue unlike any other American who can talk about that issue.”

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“It would be important for the president to make a very clear statement that we are one people under God, indivisible,” Lankford said.

Both statewide protests and Trump’s Saturday rallies have raised concerns about the potential spread of the coronavirus.

Six employees working at the event in Tulsa tested for positivity for the virus, Trump’s campaign said on Saturday.
People who attended the rally on Saturday were not required to wear masks and agreed to a disclaimer claiming that “the inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.”

Millions of Americans have taken to the streets across the country since the killings of Floyd and other African Americans by police.

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