Today a judge has denied an emergency motion to stop the President Trump campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday.
The denial came after local lawyers asked the state court to block the event unless campaign organizers agreed to adhere to social distancing recommendations to limit the spread of COVID-19.
One of the attorneys on the lawsuit trying to block the rally, Paul Demuro, said that despite the emergency motion being denied –the case will head to the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
“The lawsuit is still intact and moving forward,” DeMuro remarked to CNN. “We will continue to fight in the Oklahoma Supreme Court.”
Citing Tulsa health department statistics showing that the highest new coronavirus case count occurred this Monday, the lawyers are suing the parent company of the Bank of Oklahoma Center, the venue slated to host the rally, alleging “despite this alarming uptick in COVID-19 infections in Tulsa County, ASM Global plans to bring tens of thousands of people into an enclosed arena in downtown Tulsa for a political rally on June 20, 2020 … without putting precautions in place to prevent the spread of the virus.”
“As currently planned, the Rally will endanger not only the health of the guests in attendance, but the entire Tulsa community and any community to which the guests may afterward travel. If ASM Global moves forward with the Rally without adequate review, planning, training, protective equipment, and safeguards, cases of COVID-19—and the unavoidable attendant deaths—will rise,” the petition states.
The Trump campaign declined to comment on the lawsuit.
Earlier in the week the Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale posted on social media that over one million tickets have been requested for the Tulsa event.