Following a relatively quiet night in Tulsa, Trump supporters assembled on Saturday near the BOK Center, where President Trump is scheduled to hold his evening rally, adding to the crowd that had spent days camping in lawn chairs and tents in a line that stretched for several blocks.
The mood among many supporters was exuberant as they awaited the president’s return to the campaign trail after months without rallies amid the coronavirus outbreak. Some attendees already knew each other from previous Trump events and reunited with old friends. Others played music or struck up chants of “four more years!”
A few hundred supporters gathered Saturday morning at Fourth and Cheyenne, the first rally checkpoint, about two blocks from the arena. A majority of them wore red Make America Great Again hats, while others had on hats with patriotic emblems or colors. Some waved red, white and blue banners with the Trump 2020 logo, the American flag or the “Don’t Tread on Me” flag.
Almost none wore masks.
“If it is God’s will that I get coronavirus, that is the will of the Almighty,” said Robert Montanelli, a resident of a Tulsa suburb who chose not to wear a mask. “I will not live in fear.”
Angela, a Tulsa city employee who refused to give her last name, also said she did not want to wear a mask. “I am a healthy young woman,” she said. She compared coronavirus to the flu.
Mike Pellerin, from Austin, Texas, wore a T-shirt saying, “Are we dead yet?” “I am 68,” he said proudly. “I don’t feel sick. I don’t have the virus. I’m not going to give it to anyone.”
Just before noon on Saturday, the police arrested a woman in an “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirt outside the BOK Center, The Tulsa World reported. The woman, Sheila Buck, who lives in the city, said she had a ticket to the rally and was arrested for trespassing.