President Trump’s reelection campaign is pulling out all the stops for his rally in Tulsa this weekend — with plans for an enormous festival that will set the stage for the Republican National Convention later this year, officials tell The Post.
The “Great American Comeback” event, scheduled for Saturday, is of great importance to the campaign, serving as something of a fresh start more than three months after the coronavirus pandemic forced candidates off the trail.
It will also act as a trial run for both campaign and Republican National Committee officials ahead of their in-person convention in Jacksonville this August.
The event will include bands, and organizers for Team Trump have leased a private jet to fly in some of the more than 50 surrogates who will be attending. Multiple film crews have been hired to record footage that will be quickly be used in campaign advertising.
Temperature checks will be conducted on-site, and masks and hand sanitizer will also be handed out.
One million people have signed up to attend the rally, the campaign says, adding that they expect tens of thousands to actually attend.
The indoor event will be held at the Bank of Oklahoma Center, which holds 19,000 people. Next door, a second stage will be set up to hold tens of thousands more.
Those who can’t get inside the arena to see the main event will still have a chance to see the commander-in-chief up close, a campaign source told The Post Thursday. Trump is planning to make appearances on each stage and expects to speak at both.
Other attendees will include at least a dozen House Republicans and three GOP senators: Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.).
While the event will be costly for the campaign, officials say they raised $14 million on Sunday just by promoting the Oklahoma rally and the president’s birthday.
The event was originally scheduled for Friday, but was moved due to landing on the same day as Juneteenth.
“Many of my African American friends and supporters have reached out to suggest that we consider changing the date out of respect for this Holiday, and in observance of this important occasion and all that it represents,” Trump said when changing the date.
The location of the rally has also come under criticism amid nationwide unrest over the police-custody death of George Floyd.
Tulsa in 1921 was the site where mobs of white rioters attacked black residents and their homes and businesses in a historic section of the city known as “Black Wall Street.” Hundreds of residents were killed and thousands more left homeless.
In an Oval Office interview last month, Trump told The Post he viewed his rallies as critical to his campaign, saying he would be at a “big disadvantage” if COVID-19 prevented rallies before election day in November.
“I hope we’re going to be able to get the rallies back before the election. I actually think it’s very important,” Trump said in the interview.
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