No Trump rally on ‘Juneteenth’ after all
US President Trump will resume his presidential campaign a day later than planned. The original meeting was scheduled for June 19; that date as ‘Juneteenth’ is meaningful to many black Americans.
On June 19, 1865, Texas was the last of the Southern states to abolish slavery officially. In recent years, this has been increasingly commemorated and celebrated as a significant date. That’s, even more, this year because of the protests after George Floyd’s death.
Trump is eager to resume his campaign meetings. The president, who enjoys the spectacle and the interaction with his supporters, had not been able to hold large meetings since March due to corona.
Initially, Trump said he had no intention of changing his agenda because of Juneteenth. “You can think of it as a celebration,” he told a journalist who questioned him about it.
Criticism also continued that Trump is holding his rally in Tulsa, the spot where the 1921 Tulsa Massacre was commemorated just last month. Dozens of people were killed in that bloody attack on a prosperous black neighbourhood.
“Many of my African American friends and supporters asked me to change the date out of respect for this holiday,” Trump eventually tweeted. “To accommodate their requests, we are postponing our meeting to Saturday, June 20.”