“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace torched Trump campaign adviser Mercedes Schlapp for “denying reality” and looking “silly” by failing to acknowledge all the “empty seats” at Trump’s Saturday rally in Tulsa, despite claims by Trump last week that 1 million people had requested tickets.
“We all saw the pictures last night,” Wallace explained. “The arena was no more than two-thirds full. And the outdoor rally was canceled because there was no overflow crowd. What happened?”
“The key here is to understand there were factors involved, they were concerned about the protesters who were coming in,” Schlapp replied.
Wallace pointed out that the president frequently touts crowd sizes at his rallies as an indicator of enthusiasm and support. The Trump campaign planned for a massive crowd by setting up an outdoor overflow section for supporters who were shut out of the city’s BOK Center, which has a total capacity of 19,200.
“He talks about how he can fill an arena,” Wallace said referring to the president’s boast days earlier. “And he didn’t fill an arena last night. You guys were so far off that you had planned an outdoor rally and there wasn’t an overflow crowd.”
“Protesters did not stop people from coming to that rally,” he added. “The fact is, people did not show up.”
Schlapp disagreed before attacking presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for holding virtual events during the ongoing pandemic.
“Mercedes, please don’t filibuster,” Wallace interrupted. “Frankly, it makes you guys look silly when you deny the reality of what happened.”
“I don’t know why you are saying that,” Schlapp complained.
“There are empty seats there,” Wallace replied. “At least a third, if not half of the rally was empty. You can’t deny it.”
“Joe Biden has been a failed politician that has done nothing but support failed institutions,” Schlapp opined. “This is in contrast with President Trump who has a strong record and is rebuilding this economy.”
“Mercedes, you’re shifting to a campaign speech, which has nothing to do with the attendance of the rally,” Wallace observed.