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Bolton, Belatedly, Tells All

  • June 18, 2020

The Trump campaign had thought that its rally in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday would be a triumphant return to the campaign trail, after months of relative dormancy amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Here’s the problem: The pandemic hasn’t gone away.

As in many other parts of the country, virus cases are quickly on the rise in Tulsa — and so are concerns that the rally could contribute to its spread.

Tulsa officials yesterday announced that 96 new cases had been recorded, the latest in a string of record daily highs. And at a rare news conference, the city’s top health official, Bruce Dart, said that he was “absolutely” worried that the rally could become a “super spreader” event.

Dart said he had recommended to the campaign that it postpone the event, and he pointedly urged residents over 60 to stay home. “Seek other ways to participate virtually,” he said.

The rally was originally scheduled to take place on Friday, but that plan was widely criticized as insensitive, since that day is Juneteenth — an unofficial holiday among African-Americans — and Tulsa was the site of a 1921 massacre of black people by white vigilantes.

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