Just fewer than 6,200 people attended President Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Tulsa Fire Department said Sunday — 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.
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.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi offered her first public remarks addressing Trump’s disastrous Tulsa rally, tweeting: “6200. That could have been a Zoom meeting.”
“Same energy, minus the #coronavirus risk,” the Democratic leader added.
6200. That could have been a Zoom meeting.
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) June 22, 2020
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
The New York Times on Sunday reported that the president, who was stunned by the low turn out, yelled “at aides backstage while looking at the endless rows of empty blue seats” in the stadium.
“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.
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