President Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, turned out just a tiny fraction of the “one million tickets requested” the president proudly touted nearly a week earlier.
“Almost One Million people request tickets for the Saturday Night Rally in Tulsa,” Trump tweeted on Monday despite the venue, the BOK Center, seating just over 19,200.
Almost One Million people request tickets for the Saturday Night Rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2020
Trump’s tweet came a day after his campaign manager, Brad Parscale, claimed that over 800,000 people had registered for tickets, calling it the “biggest data haul and rally signup of all time by 10x.”
After setting expectations high for the rally, the final turnout came to a fraction of the venue’s overall capacity, according to the Tulsa Fire Department.
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.
Anticipating high turnout that would exceed the venue’s capacity, the campaign planned a second, outdoor speech to address the crowd in the overflow section.
— The Resistance 🇺🇸 (@NightlyPolitics) June 21, 2020
But that event was quickly scrapped on the evening of the rally, with reporters tweeting photos of the rally showing huge swaths of empty seats in the stadium and nearly empty overflow area.
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
Trump Communications Director Tim Murtaugh blamed the low turnout on the media and protesters, who he claimed blocked access to the entrance despite reports that nobody was turned away from the rally. Several reporters posted outside the arena disputed Murtaugh’s claim.
Trump appeared dispirited upon his return to D.C. late Saturday night.
Before the rally and after the rally pic.twitter.com/GkN45452aR
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) June 21, 2020