President Donald Trump was so furious when he saw how thin the crowd was at his Tulsa rally on Saturday that he threatened to not go onstage, two sources briefed on the discussions told Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman.
“And as always with Trump, he’s already looking for someone to blame,” Sherman writes. “The most obvious candidate, according to sources, is his embattled campaign manager, Brad Parscale. ‘Brad really shit the bed Saturday night. You have to remember, execution is 95% of presidential politics,’ a Republican close to the White House told me over the weekend. Parscale committed a cascade of errors, from overhyping expected turnout to blaming the half-filled arena on protesters.”
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.