Trump spoke about news coverage for his upcoming rally with the Wall Street Journal.
Many media members noted that the rally would be in poor taste, due to June 19 being Juneteenth. Additionally, many noted that Trump would be hosting the rally in Tulsa nearly 100 years after the Black Wall Street bombing. After considerable pushback from names like California Senator Kamala Harris, Trump decided to reschedule the rally for a day later. In this interview, however, Trump is taking credit for popularizing the holiday.
“I did something good,” he said. “I made Juneteenth very famous. It’s actually an important event, an important time. But nobody had ever heard of it.”
Clearly this information is nonsensical. However, Trump also revealed that he’d polled the people around him to come to this conclusion. According to him, none of his staffers or personnel were aware of Juneteenth’s historical significance. In each of the first three years of his presidential term, the White House has put out a statement for the holiday. However, Donald Trump was unaware until this point.
“Oh really? We put out a statement?” he reportedly continued. “The Trump White House put out a statement?”
Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Trump still plans to hold the rally in Oklahoma on Saturday. According to Google, as of today, Oklahoma reports 8,904 confirmed cases, with 6,898 recoveries and 364 deaths.