Turnout for President Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa Saturday was just under 6,200 people, a spokesman for the city’s fire department said. That’s far fewer than the over 19,000-seat capacity at the BOK Center. The Trump campaign blamed “radical protesters” for blocking entrances and causing the cancellation of an earlier outdoor Trump speech, though there was little evidence the 100 or so protesters outside the arena had actually stopped anyone.
Trump at the rally ramped up his criticism of the protests that have broken out after the death of George Floyd on May 25, a day after warning against “protesters, anarchists, agitators, looters or lowlifes” who might plan to converge on Tulsa.
The president called Democrat Joe Biden a “puppet of the radical left.” He referred to “very violent people,” and near the end said: “When you see those lunatics all over the streets, it’s damn nice to have arms.”
Tensions heated up after Trump ended his speech. Police fired projectiles near demonstrators who flooded Tulsa’s streets before backing off. Online activism: Tiktok teens reserved tickets for the Trump rally with no intention of going.
The family of one of two Black men found hanging from trees recently in California says it now believes he died by suicide, the New York Times reported. Activists continue their push to oust Jackie Lacey, the first Black district attorney for Los Angeles County, for what they say is a failure to prosecute killings by the police. A Confederate statue atop a 75-foot monument — one of several targeted by protesters in Raleigh, North Carolina — was taken down, the Associated Press reported.
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— With assistance by Ian Fisher, and Yueqi Yang
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