TULSA- Although President Donald Trump wasn’t scheduled to speak until 7 p.m., festivities inside the BOK center kicked off in full at around 6 p.m.
Despite the Trump campaign’s assertions that a million people requested tickets, the top two sections of the BOK center were mostly empty when the festivities inside began. Although many seats were left vacant at the top of the arena, the lower seats were nearly full. Masks were offered at the entrance to the area, but few were being worn inside the arena.
The event began with a prayer, the pledge of allegiance, and the singing of the national anthem. Several of the early speakers came from the organization Black Voices for Trump, including the conservative vloggers Diamond and Silk, as well as Texas State Rep. James White. Tulsa County Sheriff Vic Regalado, and Eric and Lara Trump also addressed the assembled crowd before the President’s arrival.
Eric and Lara Trump took the stage at least an hour before the President arrived. The couple both had their own list of reasons for voters to support President Trump’s reelection campaign.
Lara Trump said Vice President Joe Biden was an entrenched politician with established interests.
“They don’t get any swampier than Joe Biden,” she said.
She also said there wasn’t any need to worry about absentee ballots, to massive cheers from the assembled crowd.
“We will be standing in line, and going to a voting booth to vote for Donald Trump,” she said.
Eric Trump also expressed doubts about Biden, but focused more on his father’s accomplishments.
“My father is building the wall, and they’re building a lot of wall,” Eric said.
Shortly following the couple onto the stage, was Vice President Mike Pence. He expressed his excitement to be in Oklahoma and worked the crowd into an excited roar before the President was introduced.
“Oklahoma, and America, need four more years of President Trump in the White House,” Pence said.
Pence talked both about President Trump’s accomplishments in office, and the issues he would have with a Biden presidency. He said Biden would seek to appoint judges looking to legislate from the bench. He then said Trump would appoint more conservative judges to the courts, who would defend conservative values.
Pence spent a decent amount of time talking about national defense. He said Trump had overseen the biggest increase in defense spending since President Ronald Reagan.
“We’ve taken the fight to radical Islamic terrorism, on our terms, on their soil,” Pence said.
Once Pence had worked the crowd into roaring excitement, President Donald Trump made his way to the stage. He said this is the beginning of his 2020 campaign, and that Oklahoma is doing well against the virus.
“We saved hundreds of thousands of lives, and all we do is get hit on like we’re terrible,” Trump said of his administration’s COVID-19 response.
He said his administration had cut more regulations, and appointed more conservative federal judges than any other. Trump said the Republican Party was the party of Abraham Lincoln, and the party of law and order.
“The silent majority is stronger than ever before,” Trump said.
Multiple times throughout the speech, the President referenced looters and rioters being reported amongst Black Lives Matter protestors across the nation. While the President spoke to the crowd indoors, police worked outside to control protestors.
“We had some very bad people outside,” Trump said to the crowd in the arena.
As the night progressed, Trump defended multiple law enforcement agencies. He said Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the police do important jobs, and should be supported. He said ICE gets rid of murderers and rapists.
In Joe Biden’s America, looters, illegal aliens, and criminals have more rights than law-abiding citizens, Trump said.
Trump said a Democratic victory in November would put gun rights, freedom of speech, and private health insurance at risk. He said the democrats would declare his supporters racist, or politically incorrect if he loses.
“They’ll expel anyone who disagrees with them,” Trump said.
He encouraged his supporters to get out to vote, and promised them to deliver more conservative judges if re-elected. He promised to continue the progress made during his first term in office.
“Next year will be the single greatest year economically that we've ever had,” Trump said.
The speech ended at approximately 9 p.m., and the crowd quickly streamed out of the BOK center and back into the streets of Tulsa.