Trump Requires His Rally-Goers in Oklahoma to Agree Not to Sue Him If They Get COVID-19
President Donald Trump ensures that supporters who will attend his upcoming rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma understand that he is not responsible for their possible exposure to the novel corona virus.
NBC News White House correspondent Kelly O'Donnell posted a screenshot of a waiver on Twitter included in the rally registration on Thursday. It states that the 73-year-old Trump cannot be held responsible if a rally driver becomes infected with the virus. (PEOPLE have confirmed that the waiver is included in the ticket registration.)
"If you click" Register "below, you acknowledge that in any public place where people are present, there is an inherent risk of exposure to [Coronavirus Disease] COVID-19," the waiver said.
The disclaimer also states that you and all guests voluntarily accept and agree to all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 when participating in the rally, Donald J. Trump does not accept President, Inc., BOK Center, ASM To hold Global or any of its affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors or volunteers who are liable for illness or injury. "
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The President's recent announcement for Oklahoma includes a disclaimer in the registration for rally participants for the risks they voluntarily take on coronavirus.
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The rally next week will take place as the U.S. has exceeded 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases and nearly 114,000 deaths, according to data compiled by the New York Times.
Trump, who has sworn off major public events in the midst of social distance for months, has also expressed his intention to hold upcoming "large" rallies in Arizona, Florida, and Texas.
"The Americans are ready to act again, as is President Trump. The big American comeback is real and the rallies will be huge," campaign manager Brad Parscale said earlier this week in a statement to NBC News.
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On Wednesday, Governor of Oklahoma Kevin Stitt said he was "honored" that Trump had chosen the state to return to his campaign after months of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
"We are honored that President Trump has accepted our invitation to our great state. The President is making Oklahoma his first campaign stop since March 2, and his visit here confirms that Oklahoma is the national example of responsible and safe reopening "said Stitt in a statement.
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Trump's decision to hold the Tulsa rally has also sparked controversy about the date and location of his history of racially inflammatory and sometimes racist statements.
June 19, also known as Juneteenth, is the anniversary of the end of slavery in 1865. It is a holiday when millions watch the crucial moment in African American history.
In 1921, at the Tulsa Race Massacre, a thriving African-American community - known as Black Wall Street - was looted and destroyed by white rioters. According to the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum, 24 hours of violence resulted in 35 city blocks being burned down and around 300 people killed.
Trump's former White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, tweeted in response: "Trump's decision to hold a rally in Tulsa, the site of the worst incident of racist violence in the United States, on June 19, a holiday celebrating slave liberation American history is hideous and a wink to his racist followers. He doesn't even need votes in Oklahoma. "
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany spoke to reporters on Thursday, defending the date of June 19.
"The African American community is very important to his [Trump]. At these rallies, he often shares the great job he has done for minorities," she said. "He's working to correct injustices ... So it's a meaningful day for him, and it's a day when we want to share some of the progress we've made when we look ahead and more of what has been done must become."
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