Why hold a campaign rally at all if it isn’t safe? That’s the big question after the Trump campaign revealed everyone attending President Donald Trump’s rally at Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 19 can only do so if they sign an online waiver absolving Trump and his campaign from any legal liability should they later get sick from COVID-19.
An invitation to the Tulsa rally requires people register online for the event. The online form says all attendees waive their rights to sue if they get sick from the coronavirus.
“By clicking register below, you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present,” states the online form.
“By attending the Rally, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.,” it noted, adding the rally site or organizers are not “liable for any illness or injury.”
It’s likely this warning won’t dissuade the most Trump supporters from heading for the 19,000-seat BOK Center in Tulsa to immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of what’s being called the “Make America Great Again! Rally – Tulsa, OK.” Whether the seats will be sold out is another question, however.
Oklahoma has done a good job of keeping COVID-19 under control. It ranks as the 39th most infected state with 7,626 confirmed cases and 357 death, as of Thursday evening, according to Worldometer.
Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum believes Trump selected his city because it’s got only a few COVID-19 cases.
“Tulsans have managed one of the first successful re-openings in the nation, so we can only guess that may be the reason President Trump selected Tulsa as a rally site,” Bynum told CBS News. “The City of Tulsa continues to follow the State of Oklahoma’s OURS plan on COVID-19 response as it relates to events, which encourages the organizer to have enhanced hygiene considerations for attendees.”
On the other hand, the Oklahoma State Department of Health on Tuesday reported 65 new COVID-19 cases in Tulsa County, the county’s biggest one-day increase over the past three months since the outbreak began.
Tulsa County has 1,261 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the second highest in the state behind Oklahoma County’s 1,404. Tulsa County’s previous one-day high in new COVID-19 cases came to 45 on April 3 and April 29.
Trump’s rally on June 19 is being assailed by African-Americans, liberals and their allies as an insult to African-Americans for coinciding with “Juneteenth,” or the day when the emancipation of the last remaining enslaved African Americans in the Confederacy took place. This date was June 19, 1865.