Attendees at President Donald Trump's next campaign rally — which return to the president's schedule after a months-long pandemic hiatus — will have to agree to not to sue if they get coronavirus if they want to attend.
The registration page for the "Make America Great Again! Rally" in Tulsa, Oklahoma features legalese at the bottom of the form registrants fill out before attending.
By clicking register below, you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By attending the Rally, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.; BOK Center; ASM Global; or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury.
The campaign website even addresses an "inherent risk of exposure" to the virus.
In a somewhat surprising move to some, the president's campaign chose to hold the first rally since March 2 in Tulsa on June 19, or Juneteenth, which commemorated the ending of Slavery in the United States.
Some black leaders are condemning the chosen date and place, saying it's disrespectful to hold the event on Juneteenth, especially in Tusla.
Tulsa community leader Sherry Gamble Smith calls it a “slap in the face” to hold the rally in Tulsa. The city in 1921 was the site of one of the country's bloodiest white-on-black attacks, known sometimes as the Tulsa race massacre or the Black Wall Street Massacre.
Two campaign officials say there's no plan to change the date.
Trump's signature MAGA rallies often draw tens of thousands; he's planning more events in Florida, Texas and Arizona, he said.
Trump’s rally schedule came to a sudden halt three months ago when the COVID-19 pandemic largely shuttered the nation, but the president has been eager to resume the rallies that have been the hallmark of his political career. That eagerness to resume rallies comes as internal and public surveys show his reelection campaign struggling.
It's unclear what specific precautions would be implemented to protect the president and attendees from the potential spread of the coronavirus at rallies, aside from the liability waivers.