Oklahoma Democrats Say It's 'Not The Right Time' For Trump Rally

Friday, June 19th 2020, 6:23 pm
By: Mallory Thomas

TULSA, Okla. -

Some Oklahoma democrats are speaking out against Saturday's presidential rally and the thousands of people who are expected to be in downtown Tulsa.

The Oklahoma democrat chairwoman said it's not the right time for a rally and is concerned about the possible aftermath of a COVID-19 outbreak.

"I am troubled that his advisors weren't able to convince him after looking at the numbers that this is not the right time or the right place for this rally," said Alicia Andrews, Oklahoma Democrat Chairwoman.

Andrews said she believes the presidential rally takes away from Juneteenth.

"We have the first amendment and so there are folks who planned to do counter protests. I won't interfere with those protests, but I am going to encourage everybody to be as safe as they possibly can," said Andrews.

Republican U.S. Senator James Lankford said he sees the rally as an opportunity to talk about specific issues with the president and vice president. He said he wants to discuss the west Tulsa levees, especially since Vice President Pence visited there during last year's historic flooding.

"We anticipate that getting done, but it's helpful for the vice president to be able to see it when I talk to his team, he goes yep I remember that. We've got to be able to get that done it helps us advance the ball," said Senator Lankford.

He said he's looking forward to sitting down and discussing several topics with the president and vice president. 

"We expect it will be some of the same things dealing with the issues of race relations. There is no substitute to being here," said Lankford.