(PresidentialWire.com)- President Donald Trump will be allowed to proceed with a planned campaign rally in Tulsa on Saturday.
Local lawyers in Tulsa filed an emergency motion to stop the rally, but a judge denied it, setting up a possible fight in the state Supreme Court. The motion sought to block the rally unless those in charge of organizing the rally agreed to adhere to specific social distancing recommendations.
But despite having the motion denied on Tuesday, one of the attorneys who filed the lawsuit, Paul DeMuro, said the fight isn’t over yet.
“The lawsuit is still intact and moving forward,” he said. “We will continue to fight in the Oklahoma Supreme Court.”
The lawsuit was levied against the parent company of the Bank of Oklahoma Center, the venue where the rally is scheduled to be held. Their case is based around the fact that the Tulsa health department said the city experienced the highest number of coronavirus cases to date on Monday.
The plaintiffs allege that “despite this alarming uptick in COVID-19 infections in Tulsa County, ASM Global plans to bring tens of thousands of people into an enclosed arena in downtown Tulsa for a political rally on June 20, 2020 … without putting precautions in place to prevent the spread of the virus.
“As currently planned, the rally will endanger not only the health of the guests in attendance, but the entire Tulsa community and any community to which the guests may afterward travel. If ASM Global moves forward with the rally without adequate review, planning, training, protective equipment and safeguards, cases of COVID-19 — and the unavoidable attendant deaths — will rise.”
The Tulsa rally is planned to be the first major campaign event for the president since the coronavirus pandemic began. To protect against the possible spread of coronavirus, officials with Trump’s campaign said they would be checking temperatures of everyone before they’re allowed to enter in the arena. They will also be handing out masks and hand sanitizer.
But DeMuro recently told CNN that’s not enough, saying:
“We’re not asking to stop the rally. So you need to understand that, first, if Joe Biden, if the Thunder (the NBA team in nearby Oklahoma City), if Garth Brooks was wanting to have a 19,000-person event at this center on Sunday, without abiding by the government-mandated CDC guidelines, with respect to mass events, we’d be making the same allegations and filing the same lawsuit.
“All we’re asking, it’s very simple: If the president wants to hold a rally here, he needs to abide by the social distancing guidelines of his own (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).”
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of community groups and two individuals who are considered vulnerable to the spread of coronavirus. The complaint describes the rally as a potential “super spreader” event.
Lara Trump, the daughter-in-law to President Trump and a senior campaign adviser, said the rally would not “enforce that everybody wear a mask” while inside the rally. She continued:
“We are offering people masks. If they choose to wear them, we are happy with that. If they choose not to wear them, we are not going to go around and enforce that everybody wear a mask.”