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Throwback Tulsa: President Trump's campaign rally at BOK Center one year ago today

Throwback Tulsa: President Trump's campaign rally at BOK Center one year ago today

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One year ago today, on June 20, 2020, then-President Donald Trump took the stage while “God Bless the USA” filled the BOK Center, even if the anticipated capacity crowd did not.

In front of swaths of empty seats on the upper level, Trump started his campaign rally by thanking the enthusiastic crowd that showed up.

“You are warriors,” Trump said in the opening minute of the hour and 42-minute speech. “I’ve been watching the fake news for weeks now, and everything is negative: ‘Don’t go. Don’t come. Don’t do anything today.’

“I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve never seen anything like it. You are warriors. Thank you.”

The president’s speech included references to COVID-19 testing, protesters and Joe Biden. Vice President Mike Pence also addressed the crowd, focusing on the economy in a brief speech.

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