NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- President Trump on Friday night announced that he's moving Friday's rally in Tulsa to Saturday at the urging of his "African American friends and supporters," following widespread criticism for scheduling the rally on Juneteenth and in a city that had a massacre of its black residents in 1921.
Juneteenth observes the end of slavery in the U.S.
"We had previously scheduled our #MAGA Rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for June 19th – a big deal," Trump tweeted. "Unfortunately, however, this would fall on the Juneteenth Holiday. Many of my African American friends and supporters have reached out to suggest that we consider changing the date out of respect for this Holiday, and in observance of this important occasion and all that it represents."
"I have therefore decided to move our rally to Saturday, June 20th, in order to honor their requests," he wrote. "We have already had ticket requests in excess of 200,000 people. I look forward to seeing everyone in Oklahoma!"
Sen. Kamala Harris of California didn't mince words, tweeting, "This isn’t just a wink to white supremacists — he’s throwing them a welcome home party."T
Sherry Gamble Smith, president of Tulsa’s Black Wall Street Chamber of Commerce, also expressed disdain for the rally's Juneteenth date. "To choose the date, to come to Tulsa, is totally disrespectful and a slap in the face to even happen."
The Trump campaign defended the scheduling of the rally on the day of observance.
“As the party of Lincoln, Republicans are proud of the history of Juneteenth,” said Katrina Pierson, senior adviser to the Trump campaign. “President Trump has built a record of success for Black Americans, including unprecedented low unemployment prior to the global pandemic, all-time high funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and criminal justice reform.”