WASHINGTON – President Trump will return to campaigning with a rally in Tulsa, Okla., On June 19. For the first time since the coronavirus outbreak, most of the country was quarantined three months ago, a campaign official said Wednesday, polls show former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. built a significant national lead over Mr Trump and the approval ratings of the president fell.
Oklahoma, a deep red state that Mr Trump gained 36 percentage points four years ago, began lifting restrictions on businesses on April 24 and entered the third stage of its reopening on June 1 to open summer camps and jobs The workforce could be fully used again.
Mr Trump will return to campaigning on June 19, an annual holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States and is celebrated as African American Independence Day. After weeks of protests against the murder of George Floyd in police custody, protests and marches are already planned for the holidays in many states this year.
Trump campaign officials are unlikely to take social distancing measures for rally participants or require them to wear masks, said people familiar with the decision-making process, adding that it would be unnecessary as the state reopens it is so advanced.
Mr Trump has also made it clear that he does not want to speak in front of gatherings that look empty due to social distance or look at a sea of hidden faces as he tries to convey a positive message about the return of the country to normal life and the Economics are roaring back, even as its top health aides have warned the pandemic is far from over. “Oh my god,” said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the federal government’s leading infectious disease expert, on Tuesday. “Where will it end? We are still at the beginning of understanding. “
Campaign officials said they are considering some humble attempts to reduce the risk by providing hand sanitizer on site, but said final decisions have not been made on how to safely bring a large group of people together.
By Wednesday afternoon, Oklahoma had recorded 7,480 cases of the coronavirus and 355 deaths, according to the health department.
“The Americans are ready to take action again, as is President Trump,” Parscale said earlier this week. “The great American comeback is real and the rallies will be enormous.”
Mr Trump also said Wednesday that he would hold rallies in Florida, Arizona and North Carolina.
In March, when the country closed to stop the virus from spreading, Mr Trump reluctantly canceled campaign events scheduled for Colorado, Nevada and Wisconsin, and has not been out for an official campaign event since then.
Instead, he tried for weeks to use the White House conference room as a replacement for the rally, and held 90-minute press conferences at which he wanted to rename himself as “President of the War”. However, those efforts quickly resulted in fights with reporters as the president made surprisingly inaccurate claims, including a suggestion that injecting disinfectant into the human body could help fight the coronavirus.
In response, his polls have dropped and his aides have warned him that his behavior hurts him with many critical voting blocs such as the elderly and women.
On Tuesday, Mr Trump continued the outbreaks and mistakenly targeted a 75-year-old protester in Buffalo who was in hospital recovering from a head injury when police pushed him to the ground.
Republicans in Washington say they have become increasingly aware that Mr Trump cannot win the election behind the Resolute Desk and that they hope that returning to the election campaign will provide the president with a familiar and beloved opportunity that will keep him energized.
But in years Mr Trump’s rallies have not shocked, impressed, and pushed news cycles as much as they did in the 2016 election when he was an unknown political entity.
And during the 2018 mid-term election cycle, aides and advisers hoped unsuccessfully for rallies to improve the president’s mood over his lackluster polls and the special envoy’s investigation. But they did little to stabilize his mood or keep him less active on Twitter.