Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Covid-19 cases rise in Tulsa, Trump rally "likely contributed" according to health official
Donald Trump Travels to Tulsa, Oklahoma
Donald Trump Travels to Tulsa, Oklahoma Credit: Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour (Public Domain)

According to Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart, the county has reported over 500 new cases in the past days. He stated that it is "more than likely" that the Trump rally contributed to the spike in Covid-19 cases. Multiple people that worked around the rally have since then tested positive including eight Trump campaign advance staffers and two Secret Service agents.

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Tom Petty family issues cease and desist notice against the Trump campaign
Tom Petty
Tom Petty Credit: Takahiro Kyono (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Tom Petty's family issued a cease and desist notice against the Trump campaign for using the song "I Won't Back Down" the president's Tulsa rally on Saturday.

In a tweet, the Petty family stated: "Trump was in no way authorised to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind,"

The Trump campaign received other cease and desist notices from musicians, including R.E.M., Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Neil Young.

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Tulsa rally attendance lower than expected; Trump mocks protestors, Coronavirus and Biden
Donald J. Trump holding a rally in Panama City Beach, Florida, on May 8, 2019
Donald J. Trump holding a rally in Panama City Beach, Florida, on May 8, 2019 Credit: Office of the President of the United States/Donald J. Trump / Public domain

Trump's first re-election campaign rally since March had lower attendance than expected. At least one-third of the BOK center in Tulsa remained empty and the outdoor venue saw so little people that Trump and Pence cancelled their appearance there.

At the rally, Trump touched on several topics. He falsely claimed protestors outside the BOK center were violent, saying "we had a bunch of maniacs come and sort of attack our city", but coverage showed hardly any interaction with Trump supporters and protestors.

Trump went on to describe Biden as a "helpless puppet of the radical left" and a "puppet for China". He further stated that he plans to "slow down testing" for Covid-19, which he referred to as "kung flu" and "China virus".

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Six Trump Campaign staffers working on Tulsa rally infected with Covid-19
Donald Trump at the Keep America Great rally in Fayetteville, NC on 9/9/2019
Donald Trump at the Keep America Great rally in Fayetteville, NC on 9/9/2019 Credit: Jackson A. Lanier / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Six Trump Campaign staffers, who were working on the organisation of Trump's Tulsa rally, have been tested positive for Covid-19. According to Tim Murtaugh, communications director of the Trump Campaign, "quarantine procedures were immediately implemented" for affected staffers and everyone who had been in contact with them won't be attending the event.