After days of relentless mockery over his Tulsa rally debacle, President Trump took to Twitter on Monday to tweet in all-caps: “PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2020
Twitter users have spent the last 48 hours mocking the president by sharing videos and photos of the half-empty BOK Center in Tulsa after Trump bragged that his campaign had received over a million ticket requests.
— The Resistance 🇺🇸 (@NightlyPolitics) June 21, 2020
Campaign officials were forced to scrap plans for Trump to first address an overflow space which was nearly empty by the time Trump arrived in Tulsa.
Andrew Little, the Public Information Officer for the Tulsa Fire Department, confirmed to Forbes on Sunday that a tally taken by the fire marshal clocked the turnout at just under 6,200 people.
Teens took credit on Saturday evening for reserving “hundreds of tickets” for Trump’s campaign rally with no intention of ever attending.
Political strategist Steve Schmidt tweeted on Saturday night: “My 16 year old daughter and her friends in Park City Utah have hundreds of tickets. You have been rolled by America’s teens. @realDonaldTrump you have been failed by your team. You have been deserted by your faithful. No one likes to root for the losing team.”
Trump was reportedly “furious” at the “underwhelming” crowd on Saturday evening, according to multiple people close to the White House.
Secret Service has moved crowd back from the overflow stage so it can be broken down. pic.twitter.com/iIxXfnpOPn
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) June 20, 2020
According to the New York Times, Trump and several “staff members stood backstage and gazed at the empty Bank of Oklahoma Center in horror.”
“Trump and Vice President Mike Pence had canceled plans at the last minute to speak at an outdoor overflow rally that was almost entirely empty, despite claims of nearly one million people registering for tickets to attend the event in Tulsa, Okla., and the president’s false boast of never having an empty seat at one of his events,” the Times reported.
“The president, who had been warned aboard Air Force One that the crowds at the arena were smaller than expected, was stunned, and he yelled at aides backstage while looking at the endless rows of empty blue seats in the upper bowl of the stadium, according to four people familiar with what took place. Brad Parscale, the campaign manager who had put the event together, was not present,” the newspaper added.
Before the rally and after the rally pic.twitter.com/GkN45452aR
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) June 21, 2020