Supporters Of President Trump Camp Outside BOK Center Ahead Of Weekend Visit

Wednesday, June 17th 2020, 10:24 pm

TULSA, Okla. -

Crowds outside of Tulsa’s BOK Center continue to grow ahead of the anticipated weekend visit by President Trump.

The arena is scheduled to hold nearly 20,000 people in three days.

Rich Cordero was first in line. He drove over 2,000 miles from Oregon and arrived early Sunday morning.

“We had been waiting, so our car was packed, and we took off,” said Cordero. “I’d go even further to see Jesus Christ, but Trump is not Jesus Christ, he is a man that is doing the best he can being guided by Jesus Christ.”

Campers said overall, they've received a warm welcome from Tulsa despite a few negative encounters.

“The one thing I found out when I came to Tulsa is how many genuine ‘hellos, how are you, look you in the eye, love you as a person,’ said Cordero. “I can't even find that in church.”

“People see you're out here in this hot sun, they’re going to drop off water and they might drop off some food,” said Tim Young. “I did bring an ice chest with some ice water and some food to last me a few days.”

The Oklahoma Department of Health has issued guidance for rally goers, this, amid an uptick in positive COVID-19 cases in the state.

A pandemic, supporters said, won't hinder a chance to see President Trump.

“It is a once in a lifetime opportunity, that’s how cool it is,” said Stephen Corley. “I’m 19 so this will be my first year to vote for a president, I’m really stoked.”

“I’m not worried about COVID-19,” said Cordero. “Not even having ammonia 5 times. 72-years-old, one of the first to go if I get sick. No.”

News 9 will have complete coverage of President Trump’s visit to Tulsa throughout the day Saturday.