Protesters gathered Saturday before President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Trump calls the protesters “thugs” despite peaceful demonstrations in Tulsa and most of the United States

Thousands of people, many wearing MAGA hats and waving American flags, arrived at Tulsa Bank Square in Oklahoma Center, while a group of protesters chanted “Black Life” near an entrance to the site.

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.”

National Guard personnel created a barrier to stop the protesters near the Oklahoma Bank center in Tulsa.

Police said there were large groups of protesters in the center of Tulsa, near the march site, but they were demonstrating peacefully.

“There are several groups of protesters with different points of view in the area adjacent to the gathering,” the Tulsa Police Department chirp. “These meetings were overwhelmingly with everyone trying to exchange their views.”
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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.

The protests and similar marches, fueled by George Floyd’s death on May 25, were in at least 12 other peaceful American cities on Saturday.

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 demonstrations come one day after Trump warned on Twitter that “protesters, anarchists, agitators, thieves or attackers” outside his career could be treated harshly.

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.

The president rescheduled the event in response to criticism, but remained largely silent on the issue of systemic racism and resisted the proposed changes in the wake of the protests.
The demonstrators gathered in Tulsa near the entrance to the site where Trump will hold a rally on Saturday.

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.

Trump’s campaign said Saturday that six Tulsa workers had tested positive for the virus.
People who attended the rally on Saturday were not required to wear masks and agreed to a disclaimer stipulating that they acknowledge that “the potential risk of exposure to COVID-19 is present in any public place where people are present.”

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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