Trump supporters at his upcoming rally site in Tulsa. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images
Some advisers to President Trump are urging him to lean into Juneteenth during his rally in Tulsa tomorrow.
Why it matters: Aides have been looking for ways to give Trump opportunities to hype the policies he believes have helped African Americans during his presidency — including criminal justice reform, support for historically black colleges and universities, and opportunity zones.
The context: Between the pandemic and nationwide protests, Trump is hurting with swing voters who like his policies but hate how he behaves.
- His handling of the protests and their aftermath — including the incendiary tweet "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" — have damaged his standing with these key voters.