Regina King Calls Trump's Decision to Host Tulsa Rally on Juneteenth "Infuriating"

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"I have chills because it is in a lot of ways — and he does it all the time — he is really throwing the finger up," the actor said.

Regina King is disgusted that Donald Trump will host a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Juneteenth. That date is also close to the anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre, which occurred in 1921.

"I have chills because it is in a lot of ways — and he does it all the time — he is really throwing the finger up," King told Seth Meyers Thursday while a guest on Late Night

Trump has been heavily criticized for choosing Tulsa to host his first rally in months after having halted those events because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The rally will take place June 19, also known as Juneteenth, the holiday marking the official end of slavery in the United States in 1865. The Tulsa race massacre took place on May 31 and June 1, 1921, when mobs of white residents attacked African American residents and businesses in the area known as Black Wall Street. King recently starred in HBO's miniseries Watchmen, which opened with the Tulsa race massacre. 

King told Meyers she wasn't shocked by Trump's decision but was hurt by it because the president, in her opinion, made a calculated move in response to the worldwide anti-racism protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing. 

"He is really like, 'I [don't] give two Fs.' Two snaps up and the finger, that's what he's giving us," King said. "It's infuriating. … It cuts."

On Friday night, Trump said via Twitter the event would be moved to June 20. 

Even before the rally announcement, Trump was being skewered for threatening to deploy the military to states he felt were too soft on demonstrators and for his disastrous photo-op in front a D.C. church, holding a Bible, which was facilitated by peaceful protesters being tear-gassed and driven from the area. 

Watch King's Late Night segment below.

June 13, 7 a.m.: Updated with the event moved to June 20.