President Donald Trump returned to the campaign trail in Tulsa on Saturday, as protests over racism and police brutality swept the country.
Trump held his first rally since the coronavirus pandemic began on a tense Juneteenth weekend in the Oklahoma city, where the 1921 Tulsa race massacre left up to 300 Black residents dead and the Black Greenwood District in ruins.
Thousands of people, many wearing MAGA hats and waving American flags, arrived at Tulsa's Bank of Oklahoma Center arena, while a group of protesters chanted "Black lives matter" near one of the site's entrances.
After the number of people at Saturday's rally was smaller than initially expected, Trump thanked those who attended the event.
"You are warriors. We had some very bad people outside. They were doing bad things. But I really do appreciate it," Trump said.
Later, the President said there were "very bad people" outside, describing protesters as "thugs."
There were large groups of protesters in downtown Tulsa near the site of the rally, police said, but they were demonstrating peacefully.
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