A day before his rally in Tulsa, President Trump suggested protesters planning to demonstrate at his event would be treated roughly.
Despite previously describing himself as “an ally of all peaceful protesters,” Trump used his platform on Friday to warn those who oppose him to stay away from the campaign event.
“Any protesters, anarchists, agitators, looters or lowlifes who are going to Oklahoma please understand, you will not be treated like you have been in New York, Seattle, or Minneapolis. It will be a much different scene!” he tweeted.
But later Friday afternoon, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany attempted to clarify that when the President tweeted that it would be a “much different scene,” he was not trying to threaten anyone’s right to peaceably assemble. She said Trump was only referring to any “violent” demonstrators.
Trump’s tweet came as the nation marked Juneteenth — the day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.
Tulsa’s Mayor G.T. Bynum had issued an executive order Thursday establishing a curfew in parts of Tulsa’s downtown area, saying more than 100,000 people were expected in the vicinity of the event.
Trump said on Twitter Friday that he spoke with Tulsa’s mayor about the curfew and that “there will be no curfew tonight or tomorrow for our many supporters attending the #MAGA Rally.”
At the request of the Secret Service, the mayor of Tulsa announced he was rescinding the curfew he put in place on Thursday near the BOK Center.