After a relatively quiet night in Tulsa, Trump supporters gathered on Saturday near the BOK Center, where President Trump is scheduled to hold his rally at night, adding to the voters who had bet on his event for days, camping in chairs and tents in a row that spanned several blocks.
The mood among many supporters was exuberant, as they awaited the president's return to the campaign after months without demonstrations amid the coronavirus outbreak. Some participants already knew each other from previous Trump events and met with old friends, others played music or started singing "four more years!"
A few hundred fans gathered on Saturday morning at Fourth and Cheyenne, the first rally checkpoint, about two blocks from the arena. Most of them wore red MAGA hats, while others wore hats with patriotic emblems or colors. Some waved red, white and blue stripes with the Trump 2020 logo, the American flag or the "Don't tread on me" flag.
Some used them as covers. Almost none wore masks.
"If it's God's will that I get coronavirus, that's the will of the Almighty," said Robert Montanelli, a resident of a Tulsa suburb who chose not to wear a mask. "I will not live in fear."
Angela, a Tulsa employee who refused to give her last name, also said she did not want to wear a mask. "I am a healthy young woman," she said. She compared the coronavirus to the flu.
Mike Pellerin, from Austin, Texas, wore a T-shirt saying "Are we dead yet?" "I'm 68," he said proudly. "I don't feel sick. I don't have the virus. I won't give it to anyone."
Just before noon on Saturday, police arrested a woman in a "I can't breathe" T-shirt outside the BOK Center, Tulsa World reported. Sheila Buck, who lives in the city, said she had a ticket to the rally and was arrested for trespassing.