After Saturday’s rally was less than initially expected, Trump thanked those who attended the event.
Trump said: “You are warriors. We had some very bad people outside. They were doing bad things. But I really appreciate it.”
Later, the president said that there were “very bad people” outside, calling the protesters “thugs.”
Police said there were large groups of protesters in the center of Tulsa, near the march site, but they were demonstrating peacefully.
Earlier, Trump’s campaign blamed what it called “extremist protesters” for preventing people from entering the march. Many CNN teams in Tulsa have not seen any of this type of activity.
Crowds of protesters gathered outside a Atlanta police station, and a “Beautiful America” woman sang while waving a burning American flag.
In New York, protesters marched over the Brooklyn Bridge to Foley Square in Manhattan as groups gathered in various parts of Washington, DC, and near the White House.
The march originally intended to reignite Trump’s attempt to re-elect him was originally scheduled for Friday, the 19th of June – the day commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
Republican Senator James Lancford of Oklahoma told Fox News on Saturday that he expected Trump to speak of race, adding that “only the president can speak to this issue unlike any other American who can talk about this issue.”
“It will be important for the president to make a very clear statement that we are one nation under God that is indivisible,” said Lancford.
Ongoing nationwide protests and Trump’s rally on Saturday have raised concerns about a possible spread of the coronavirus.
Millions of Americans have poured into the streets around the country since Floyd and other African American men were killed by police officers.
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