All eyes are on Oklahoma this weekend and it all feels like something of a tinderbox.
We have President Trump ready to kick off his re-election bid in earnest, with over one million RSVPs to the event in Tulsa on Saturday, despite health officials essentially calling it a coronavirus party.
Then you have the threat of anarchists disrupting the event. G.T. Bynum, the mayor of the city, issued a civil emergency due to intelligence that suggests “organized groups” are planning to travel to Tulsa “for purposes of causing unrest in and around the city.”
“I have received information from the Tulsa Police Department and other law enforcement agencies that shows that individuals from organized groups who have been involved in destructive and violent behavior in other States are planning to travel to the city of Tulsa for purposes of causing unrest in and around the rally,” Bynum wrote in the executive order.
The threat prompted Trump to tweet a warning to those targeting the city. “Please understand, you will not be treated like you have been in New York, Seattle, or Minneapolis. It will be a much different scene!”
Buck Sexton, the host of “The Buck Sexton Show,” said Friday that he believes that the Trump movement is about to awaken. Sexton said Trump’s message to anarchists is clear: You have the right to protest but not snuff out someone else’s First Amendment right by threatening violence, and if you do that, there will be consequences. Sexton said that there appears to be a shift among Republicans who are “waking up” to the demands of the woke mob.
“It’s just the woke mob versus the rest of American society,” Sexton said. “Which team are you on? There’s no middle ground. There are no concessions to make.”
He continued, “You notice we don’t do this, conservatives. Republicans, we don’t show up at—you know, Joe Biden protests and threaten to destroy everything.”
The rally in Tulsa has been a favorite target for the mainstream media. NBC News, for example, was called out earlier this week for sending out a tweet about the Trump rally, which featured a sentence about the health risks. About an hour later, another tweet about a black trans rally in Brooklyn somehow failed to mention the coronavirus threat. Trumpsupportershave blasted the media over the largely positive coverage of George Floyd protests and the condemnation of protesters seeking to reopen from the coronavirus lockdown.
“I think the Trump movement is about to awaken, and I’m very, very pleased,” Sexton, who wrote a recent column urging Trump supporters to rally, said.