Tulsa, Oklahoma rescinds curfew ahead of Trump rally, Trump thanks Tulsa Mayor

Thursday, the Tulsa, Oklahoma police tweeted:

CURFEW IN EFFECT FOR DOWNTOWN

As part of our preparations for President Trump’s Rally this Saturday, we are working on making the area secure for everyone’s safety.

As posted earlier, the area illustrated in this map will need to be free of vehicles and pedestrian traffic.

Moments ago, President Trump tweeted an update:

I just spoke to the highly respected Mayor of Tulsa, G.T. Bynum, who informed me there will be no curfew tonight or tomorrow for our many supporters attending the Rally. Enjoy yourselves – thank you to Mayor Bynum! @gtbynum

TheHill reports officials in Tulsa, Okla., on Friday rescinded a curfew initially put in place in the area around the arena where President Trump is set to hold a campaign rally Saturday evening.

The decision marked a reversal, apparently at the president’s urging, from less than 24 hours earlier when the mayor declared a civil emergency and imposed a curfew for Friday and Saturday night near the BOK Center, the rally venue, in an effort to deter unruly protests.

A spokeswoman for Mayor G.T. Bynum (R) said in an emailed statement Friday that the curfew had been rescinded.

“I just spoke to the highly respected Mayor of Tulsa, G.T. Bynum, who informed me there will be no curfew tonight or tomorrow for our many supporters attending the #MAGA Rally,” Trump tweeted on Friday. “Enjoy yourselves – thank you to Mayor Bynum!”

The shift comes as many Trump supporters have camped out near the arena in hopes of getting prime seats for Saturday’s rally, which will be the president’s first in more than three months.

Bynum announced the curfew late Thursday and said it would only affect the immediate area surrounding the arena where Trump is set to speak. The curfew would have been in effect from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. for Friday and from the conclusion of the rally on Saturday until 6 a.m. on Sunday.

Trump’s return to the campaign trail has been marred by controversy. The event is taking place amid the coronavirus pandemic, and infections have increased in recent days in Oklahoma and other states.

Bynum announced the curfew late Thursday and said it would only affect the immediate area surrounding the arena where Trump is set to speak. The curfew would have been in effect from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. for Friday and from the conclusion of the rally on Saturday until 6 a.m. on Sunday.

Trump’s return to the campaign trail has been marred by controversy. The event is taking place amid the coronavirus pandemic, and infections have increased in recent days in Oklahoma and other states.