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Trump Event Creates Controversy

-Editorial

President Donald Trump will hold the first political rally during the pandemic but those attending the June 20 event will have to sign a waiver agreeing not to sue the President if they get COVID-19.

The sign-up page for guests to register for tickets for President Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma contains a disclaimer stating attendees “voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19” and agree to not hold Trump’s campaign, the venue or any affiliates liable for any illness or injury.

The editorial board of Tulsa World, the local newspaper of the city, opposed this rally saying it was a danger for public health.

“Tulsa is still dealing with the challenges created by a pandemic. The city and state have authorized reopening, but that doesn’t make a mass indoor gathering of people pressed closely together and cheering is a good idea. There is no treatment for COVID-19 and no vaccine. It will be our health care system that will have to deal with whatever effects follow.”

Saturday’s rally is being held at Tulsa’s BOK Center, an indoor arena that can hold around 20,000 people — and the campaign plans to fill the venue to capacity.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the campaign was taking precautions including providing masks, hand sanitizer, and conducting temperature checks at the rally.

“We are taking every single safety precaution we can,” McEnany said. She admonished reporters, claiming she’d taken 10 questions related to the event. “You should exhibit that same concern for protesters out there who are not social distancing and, in many cases, not wearing masks.”

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