Enthusiasm around Trump’s first MAGA rally since COVID-19 began is at fever pitch.
Voters in Tulsa, OK are more excited than ever to show their support for the re-election of President Trump.
Hours before the doors to the stadium open, the streets of Tulsa were lined with tens of thousands of people.
Multiple videos posted on social media show the crowds growing by the minute.
Reports indicate that people were lined up as early as Tuesday for Saturday’s MAGA rally.
Now, with a few hours to go until rally time, the crowd continues to grow larger than ever.
See some of these jaw-dropping videos below:
People on the ground are thrilled to show their support for the President of the United States.
Most media outlets are covering the massive crowds outside the Trump rally.
CNN, however, chose to focus on whether or not people are wearing masks at the rally.
The governor of Oklahoma appeared on Fox News and appeared to suggest that he believed that the rally will be safe.
Precautions such as temperature checks, hand sanitizer, and the handing out of masks will help minimize the risk of any transmission.
Furthermore, the state of OK is in phase 3 of reopening.
Trump hasn't been able to speak straight to the American people without a media filter since COVID-19 began.
MAGA rallies are Trump's way of speaking directly to voters without having his message twisted by the media.
Local FOX 23 News has details on the long lines:
Supporters of President Donald Trump who have camped out for days in downtown Tulsa are ready to hear the president speak at one of his rallies for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic shut down everything.
Flags, signs and crowds line the street near the BOK Center where the president will speak at 7 p.m.
“There’s been a line all night... so there was a mad dash like a Beatles concert, but it’s a Trump rally so you get the same effect,” said Jason Jones who traveled from New Mexico to hear the president speak.
Tulsa city leaders are expecting up to 100,000 people to congregate near downtown amid a time where Tulsa coronavirus cases continue to increase at an alarming rate.
As of Friday, the Tulsa Health Department said there are 721 active cases of coronavirus in the county.
“It’s going be difficult to keep people safe even with those measures in place because the train of transmission occurs in people who are in close contact, close together and that’s what happens at these kinds of rallies,” said Dr. Bruce Dart with the Tulsa Health Department.
But for many who support the president, the reward outweighs the risk.
“The objective was never to have zero cases in the state of Oklahoma,” said Gov. Kevin Stitt. “It’s just not possible. It’s not possible today. It’s not possible in November. It’s not possible in December. The coronavirus is in the U.S. and it’s in Oklahoma, so we have to learn how to deal with that.”
The BOK Center said they will encourage all attendees to remain masked throughout the duration of the event until they exit the building and there will be signage reminding attendees of precautions.
Over 1 million tickets were reserved for the Tulsa rally.
The stadium only seats 19,000 people.
This is why voters lined up so early -- to guarantee entrance to what is sure to be an electrifying MAGA rally!
Trump has often complained that the media refuses to show the huge crowds at his MAGA rallies.
Because of COVID-19 and the fear-mongering of the Democrat party, the media is finally covering the HUGE lines ahead of Trump's Tulsa rally.
NBC News has more details on the festive atmosphere:
Supporters of President Donald Trump amassed outside the arena in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Thursday, two days before he is scheduled to hold a campaign rally expected to draw at least 100,000 people.
"We want to show our support," Robin Stites, who's been camped out since Monday, told The Oklahoman newspaper. "We feel like President Trump and his family have dedicated their lives to helping our country. Sacrificing a week of our lives is nothing for what Trump has done for us."
Despite an uptick of coronavirus cases in the area and fears the event could be a COVID-19 "super-spreader," many attendees chose to forgo masks and social distancing while in line, where people waited on lawn chairs and with tents. One group even entertained their fellow Trump supporters with an upbeat song about his re-election, singing: "Vote Trump! 2020!"
Trump said this week that over a million people had requested tickets for the event in the 19,000-seat Bank of Oklahoma Center, and his campaign has been lining up overflow areas. The campaign is treating the event as a "pro-Trump festival," complete with musical acts and high-profile surrogates who will take to stages inside and outside the arena, a source with knowledge of the plans told Axios. A Trump campaign spokesperson confirmed the report to NBC News.
The Trump campaign has said every attendee will be subjected to a temperature check and offered hand sanitizer and a mask, although masks are not necessarily required.
A suit brought by Tulsa businesses and residents aimed at mandating coronavirus precautions at the rally was denied by an Oklahoma judge on Wednesday. Lawyers for the plaintiffs turned to the Oklahoma Supreme Court for help on Thursday, arguing during a phone conference that, "It's madness to let this event go forward."
The lawyers noted that the courts aren't allowing full trials because of coronavirus safety restrictions. "If it's not safe to have 12 citizens in a jury box, how is it safe to have 19,000 people together?" one of the lawyers argued.
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