Appearing on MSNBC with Joy Reid, Rep. Maxine Waters said she believes the timing and location of President Trump’s Tulsa, Oklahoma rally on the Juneteenth is “a jab at us.”
It’s rather pointed that one of the rallies he’s choosing to do is in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a state that is not in contention, he doesn’t need to sway votes there. He’s going to win that state, and he’s doing it on Juneteenth. It is a pointed decision. What do you make of it?
Well, you know, he’s such a dishonorable man. When he has an opportunity to basically undermine or harm or pay somebody back, he does it, and he’s not ashamed of that. And this has been his MO ever since he’s been elected. So you know Juneteenth, June 19, it is a day that we celebrate because that’s the time that we actually got the message, the information that the slaves had been freed. And, so, it’s a jab at us. It is like the president who has talked about our districts, called them rat holes, talked about the shit holes in terms of, you know, black countries, et cetera. This is another way to poke fun at us and to dishonor what we care about.
CBSNews reports President Trump will hold his first campaign rally in months on June 19, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Mr. Trump’s decision to hold a rally on the date commonly known as “Juneteenth” has stirred controversy, particularly since the event will take place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where a race massacre occurred nearly one hundred years ago.
In an interview with Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner which aired on Friday, Mr. Trump commented on the timing of his rally, saying it would be a “celebration.”
“Think about it as a celebration. My rally is a celebration. We’re starting — in the history of politics, I think I can say, there has never been any group or any person that has had rallies like I did,” Mr. Trump said, touting the size of his campaign events.
“This isn’t just a wink to white supremacists — he’s throwing them a welcome home party,” Senator Kamala Harris said in a tweet.
However, the president’s supporters insist that the timing and location of the rally were deliberate decisions. Katrina Pierson, senior adviser to the Trump campaign, said in a statement Thursday that “Republicans are proud of this history of Juneteenth.” Pierson also noted that former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, held a fundraiser on Juneteenth last year.
Paris Dennard, the senior communications adviser of Black Media Affairs for the Republican National Committee and co-chair of the “Black Voices for Trump” campaign coalition, told CBS News that the campaign and the RNC are “well aware of the 99th anniversary of the destruction of black Wall Street and the Tulsa massacre.”
“It is not falling on deaf ears, the historical significance of the destruction of black Wall Street,” Dennard said. “The White House, the RNC and the campaign are well aware of the historical significance of Tulsa and Juneteenth.”
The Democratic National Committee Black Caucus said in a statement that the Trump campaign “knows exactly what they’re doing” by choosing to hold the rally on Juneteenth in Tulsa.