Participants were informed by email that they must wear a BLEXIT shirt.
Supporters who are scheduled to attend a separate BLEXIT event earlier in the day were invited to a “HUGE outdoor rally” by the group and asked to fill out a form informing them about BLEXIT, a campaign in which the black Americans were asked to leave The Democratic Party pays travel expenses.
The guests were later informed that they would receive an invitation from the White House to attend an event with Trump.
In an email from Owens received on ABC News, attendees were told that “EVERYONE MUST BRING A MASK in order to allow entry into the White House properties.” and that “absolutely no exceptions” will be made.
However, wearing a face mask is not required. Participants must undergo a COVID-19 screening on the morning of the event, which consists of a temperature test and a short questionnaire.
Guests will first attend a “BLEXIT Back the Blue” event on the ellipse between the White House and Washington Monument before heading to the South Lawn for the President’s remarks on a schedule obtained from ABC News.
Reaching out for comment, Owens told ABC News, “We are not interested in participating in your overt media corner to slander / attack the president regarding Covid-19.” She added that Saturday’s event “is about helping law enforcement in minority communities”. It is not immediately clear how many of the participants in the event paid for their travel expenses.
White House spokesman Judd Deere told ABC News that the White House was “not involved in covering costs.”
Following Trump’s statements, the BLEXIT group is also planning a demonstration on the Black Lives Matter Plaza, which, according to the schedule, will show “support for law enforcement”.
The White House plans to host an event with Trump on Saturday at which hundreds of supporters and guests from Owens’ group on the South Lawn discuss “law and order,” ABC News previously reported.
“All attendees are required to bring a mask and are instructed to wear it on the White House complex. All attendees must undergo a COVID-19 screening tomorrow morning. This will consist of a temperature check and a short questionnaire. The safety of all attendees is ours Priority and following CDC guidelines are strongly recommended, “a source with knowledge of the group’s planning told ABC News.
Trump will deliver “remarks to peaceful law and order protesters,” according to an invitation from ABC News, which has been confirmed by two White House sources familiar with the planning. The move underscores efforts to get the president a large crowd of supporters for the event as he struggles with the support of black voters. According to a September 26 poll by ABC / Washington Post, Joe Biden led Trump with 88% to 9% of the black electorate.
Owens, who founded BLEXIT in 2018, told ABC News that it was an organization “dedicated to educating minorities about conservative principles (free markets, entrepreneurship, capitalism, etc.) – concepts and theories that are truly transforming our communities and.” can raise “.
“We stand in a non-apologetic, stark contrast to left-wing ideologies that have destroyed our communities for decades,” Owens said.
In an Instagram post last week, Owens promoted what she called the upcoming “Anti-Black Lives Matter event” and urged followers to personally register. “We are giving out a limited number of travel grants to those who really are,” she said in the Post.
“Our president doesn’t want us to be scared or afraid,” one person who plans to attend Saturday’s events told ABC News. “Look how he came out. He showed up right back. We have to stop being scared of it.”
“We have to take this mask off, we have to expose America,” added the person.
The participants of the event on Saturday were also informed: “EVERYONE MUST WEAR A BLEXIT T-SHIRT (which will be given to you before the event) – no exceptions.”