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President Trump is set to resume his popular campaign rallies Saturday with an event in Tulsa, Okla., much to the angst of the liberal media, and the excitement in the area is through the roof.

But the excitement is not all pro-Trump, as city officials have now set a curfew in the downtown area around the BOK Center, where the event is taking place.

Citing the recent civil unrest — see Black Lives Matter riots — Mayor G.T. Bynum has issued an executive order establishing a curfew, as seen in a Facebook post shared by the Tulsa Police Department.

With police posting information on the curfew less than an hour before it took effect, according to Tulsa World, confusion reigned on the ground where Trump supporters have been in line for days.

As seen in a video shared by Breitbart News, law enforcement is directing people to acceptable areas where they can continue waiting.

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Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted on Monday that they have received more than 1 million ticket requests for the president’s first rally since the coronavirus pandemic, and people are already camping out to be first in line.

Without mentioning names, such as the far-left group Antifa, the Republican mayor said Tulsa police have intelligence that “organized groups” intent on violence may be planning to disrupt the rally.

“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 or violent behavior in other states are planning to travel to the City of Tulsa for purposes of causing unrest in and around the rally,” the order stated.

🚨CURFEW IN EFFECT FOR DOWNTOWN🚨

As part of our preparations for President Trump’s Rally this Saturday, we are working…

Posted by Tulsa Police Department on Thursday, June 18, 2020

 

 

As many as 250 Oklahoma Army National Guard soldiers have been called in to help with security for the campaign rally — troops will be unarmed, but will carry shields, batons, and pepper spray in case they need to protect themselves.

Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin said the unit will be used as a “force multiplier” to help secure safety zones around the downtown BOK Center, according to KOTV.

“We will increase our numbers; ramp up our numbers to ensure the safety of everyone involved in the event on Saturday,” said Chief Franklin.

The curfew restrictions include a specific reference to Molotov cocktails and other explosive materials:

1. People are prohibited from walking, running, loitering, standing or motoring upon any alley, street, highway, public property, sidewalk, or vacant premises within the boundaries indicated above, except for official designated duty in response to the emergency, providing public safety services, or going to or from a place of residence or work.

2. The manufacture, transfer, use, possession or transportation of a Molotov cocktail or any other device, instrument or object designed to explode or produce uncontained combustion is prohibited within the limits of the City of Tulsa.

3. The transporting, possessing or using of gasoline, kerosene, or combustible, flammable, or explosive liquids or materials in a glass or uncapped container of any kind is prohibited within the limits of the City of Tulsa, except in connection with the normal operation of motor vehicles, normal home use or legitimate commercial use.

 

Turns out, much like the coming election, the Trump rally may be a proving ground over whether American streets belong to law-abiding residents or violent anarchists and other hard-left radicals.

The past few weeks would suggest the latter.

The designated area will be off-limits from 10 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Saturday ahead of the rally, and take effect again after the rally until 6 a.m. Sunday.

With the media making a hard pivot back to the pandemic after cheering the throngs participating in the recent protests, hyperventilating about how the Trump campaign will spread the COVID-19 virus imported from Wuhan, China, Parscale announced a number of precautions.

“Before entering, each guest will get: temperature check, hand sanitizer, mask,” he tweeted. “There will be precautions for the heat and bottled water as well.”

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1272529858501976065?s=20

It remains to be seen whether the media will show the same concern over a violent mob descending on the city.

Tom Tillison

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