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Trump on Juneteenth rally: Re-scheduling on 20th June 2020

President Trump’s decision to hold his first campaign rally after a lockdown in months on June 19 in a city notorious for a 1921 massacre of its black citizens had prompted fierce criticism.

“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,” Trump wrote on Twitter late on Friday. “I have therefore decided to move our rally to Saturday, June 20th, in order to honor their requests.”

June 19, known by Black Americans as Freedom Day, commemorates the date of 1865 when Texas was forced to comply with President Abraham Lincoln's Declaration of Liberation, stating that all people held as slaves free - the last of the pro-slavery Confederate states to do so.

Katrina Pierson, a senior adviser to the Trump campaign, said at the time that Republicans, as the party of Lincoln, were proud of the history of Juneteenth and that Trump had built a “record of success” for African Americans.

13 June 2020


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