Supporters of Donald Trump who want to attend his first live rally in months will need to do so at their own risk.
As registration opened this week for a rally that will take place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, next week, those signing up found a disclaimer reading that by attending they would agree not to sue the campaign if they were to catch coronavirus there. A notice placed on the president’s campaign page noted that there is a risk inherent with going into a public place.
The message specifically lays out that attendees cannot sue Trump’s campaign if they end up contracting the virus at the rally.
“By clicking register below, you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By attending the Rally, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.; BOK Center; ASM Global; or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury.”
As CBS Dallas-Fort Worth reported, the rally scheduled for June 19 will be the first for Trump since March 2, after his campaign put all public events on hold as the nation instituted lockdown measures. The campaign of presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden has also suspended all public events, with no events scheduled for the near future.
Trump has already appeared at a series of visits to manufacturing facilities making critical supplies to fight coronavirus, sometimes being greeted by cheering crowds and delivering speeches.
Trump has come under fire for the timing of the rally, which takes place on Juneteenth, a day that recognizes emancipation from slavery. Many have also criticized Trump for choosing to hold the rally in the city of Tulsa, the site of one of the worst instances of racist violence in American history. In 1921, mobs of white residents attacked and destroyed black-owned homes and businesses, leaving hundreds of people dead. Texas Rep. Al Green called the Trump rally “a slap in the face to African Americans.” Trump has since rescheduled the rally for June 20.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany responded to the criticism, claiming that the holiday is meaningful to the president. She said the timing fit as Trump was working to rectify injustices — and the holiday fits as he “wants to share some of the progress that’s been made as we look forward and more that needs to be done.”