The official Trump campaign livestream from Tulsa has begun!
For the hundreds of thousands of people unable to get into Tulsa's BOK Center, the Trump campaign has launched a livestream so that EVERYONE can see the president speak!
Though President Trump isn't scheduled to take the stage until 8 pm EST / 7 pm CST, the livestream is already running.
To warm-up the crowd, there are multiple musical acts, supporter speeches, and over a dozen campaign surrogates and allies ready to take the stage.
The BOK Center can only seat 19,000, so hundreds of thousands of people will have to watch the rally from outside the arena.
Over 1 million people have reserved tickets for the rally.
The official Trump campaign livestream is available here:
One of the favorite YouTube channels for Trump supporters is Right Side Broadcasting.
They've already started their livestream as well:
Though the rally hasn't officially started, many reporters on the ground are claiming this is the LARGEST Trump campaign rally that they've ever seen!
And that's saying a lot, especially given the fact that Trump is able to fill arenas up to capacity and draw tens of thousands to watch the broadcast in the arena parking lot.
So what will Trump speak about?
The campaign has been strangely quiet about the specific details of the speech, suggesting that this could be the electrifying rally cry Trump needs to give to revitalize his campaign.
Cal Thomas, a Fox News contributor, has some predictions on what we can expect:
President Trump on Tuesday unveiled a plan to make reforms in police departments and acknowledged for the first time the existence of "systemic racism." He also promised to meet with some African American families whose relatives have been killed by police officers.
That is one step toward healing our deep racial divisions.
The next opportunity comes Saturday as the president is scheduled to break his rally "fast" in Tulsa. The Trump campaign claims they have received 800,000 ticket requests. Though not all will get into the 20,000-seat venue, the Trump re-election effort will have mined additional names for its digital campaign.
The president should not just use the speech to fire up his base. He should propose something substantive that might provide, if not a solution to racial tensions, then at least begin to solve the underlying problem, something Democrats have only talked about for 50 years.
Here are my suggestions for what the president might say:
There is only one race -- the human race. We are one seamless coat of many colors, one "body" with many parts, each with an important function that contributes to the whole. We call ourselves the UNITED States of America for a reason. No other country exemplifies such unity. Though we have our disagreements and even sometimes divisions, our oneness is our greatest strength.
There is no "pure" or "master" race. No race is superior to another. To hate someone because of the color of their skin is to hate one's self because we all share the same origin story, the same human DNA. This is all part of God's doing in His ultimate creative and most beautiful work - humanity. We are created in His image.
Historically, many of our churches have not always been on the right side when it comes to race. Many churches oppose civil rights for African Americans and wrongly quote Scripture to justify their positions. As Abraham Lincoln said during our most divisive war: "Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other. ... The prayers of both could not be answered; that of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes."
I am today proposing a new alliance between white evangelical churches and their African-American brethren. At bottom, racism and the many horrors that have flowed from it are matters of the heart. Who better to address heart matters than our evangelical churches, which preach a gospel of redemption and changed lives?
This should not be an obligation, but a duty, a privilege and blessing. Both Old and New Testaments speak of our obligation to the poor and excluded. Addressing racism and poverty are conservative issues. We conservatives, as the late HUD Secretary and Congressman Jack Kemp observed, "...define compassion not by the number of people who receive some kind of government aid, but rather by the number of people who no longer need it."
President Trump has largely remained out of the spotlight since the killing of George Floyd.
This rally could be Trump's opportunity to reset the narrative and speak straight to the American people!
The energy is growing.
Reports indicate that the security barricades have opened up and that people are being allowed into the arena.
People have been camping in line as early as Tuesday for today's rally.
There will be temperature checks, hand sanitizer, and masks provided to keep all attendees safe.
Axios reports that President Trump said that tonight will be a "wild evening":
President Trump defended his decision to move ahead with a controversial large-scale Tulsa rally this weekend amid the pandemic, saying in an interview Friday with Axios that "we have to get back to living our lives" and "we're going to have a wild evening tomorrow night at Oklahoma."
Pressed on why he wasn't using his presidential bully pulpit to encourage rally attendees to wear masks, Trump described masks as "a double-edged sword." When asked if he recommended people wear them, he added: "I recommend people do what they want."
Why it matters: Ahead of the rally expected to draw tens of thousands of supporters and protesters, the president's comments underscore his skepticism of the effectiveness of strict enforcement of masks and social distancing to combat the virus that has killed more than 118,000 Americans and devastated the U.S. economy.
Driving the news: The president stood by his tweet earlier Friday warning protesters that law enforcement in Tulsa will not treat them "like you have been in New York, Seattle or Minneapolis." Trump said, "That's got to be the least controversial of my tweets."
"Oklahoma's much tougher on law and order" than some parts of the country, he said, and insisted that protests are packed with anarchists, agitators and looters. "They're all together."
He relished the lifting of a health and safety curfew in Tulsa for his supporters and said he has no intention of wearing a mask at the rally and that people should do what they want.
"I don't feel that I'm in danger," he said. "I've met a lot, a lot of people, and so far here I sit." (Everyone who meets with Trump, including this reporter, is tested beforehand.)
What's next: Trump says the rally in Oklahoma is part of a broader message that leaders have "got to open up our country" even as the pandemic continues.
"We have to get back to business. We have to get back to living our lives. Can't do this any longer," Trump said. "And I do believe it's safe. I do believe it's very safe."
We'll be watching live when President Trump takes the stage at 8 pm EST / 7 pm CST.
Be sure to stay tuned for the latest updates coming out of Tulsa.
Tonight will be one to remember!