Trump Supporters Mix With Protesters Celebrating Juneteenth in Tula

Dozens of supporters of President Donald Trump gathered outside the Tulsa, Oklahoma, arena that will host his first campaign rally during the coronavirus pandemic.

Some are using hand sanitizer frequently as they hang out in a tailgate atmosphere ahead of the rally, which health officials say is a big risk for spreading COVID-19 with plans to pack 19,000 people together in the BOK Center.

Another concern is potential clashes between Trump supporters and protestors outside.

Tens of thousands of Trump supporters are expected in Tulsa Saturday for the first of a series of rallies across the country to rev up his re-election campaign.

The gathering at the 19,000-seat BOK Center, and at a 40,000-capacity convention center nearby, would overlap a two-day local celebration of Juneteenth, which marks the end of slavery in the country.

Both events are in the city’s downtown area.

The Rev. Al Sharpton is among the speakers at the Juneteenth observance in the Greenwood district, where several dozen blocks of black-owned businesses were burned in massacre almost 100 years ago.

A separate anti-hate rally is set for Saturday night in a Tulsa park about a 30-minute walk away.

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