In the days leading up to President Donald Trump’s first campaign rally in months, he touted a reported 1 million ticket requests despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
But many on social media were quick to point out that the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was not filled to capacity.
Check out some of the pictures below:
Birdseye view of the more than half-empty Trump rally…pic.twitter.com/4JtbdCQpoO— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) June 20, 2020
Actually you just got ROCKED by teens on TikTok who flooded the Trump campaign w/ fake ticket reservations & tricked you into believing a million people wanted your white supremacist open mic enough to pack an arena during COVID— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 21, 2020
Shout out to Zoomers. Y’all make me so proud. ☺️ https://t.co/jGrp5bSZ9T
The Coalition of the Decent is attacking and winning. Trump has been stripped bare. He stands naked and exposed for all to see. He is a failure. He is going down.— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) June 20, 2020
You don’t build an outdoor stage for the overflow crowd unless you think you’re getting an overflow crowd. https://t.co/UuBv2qpa6Q— Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) June 20, 2020
It's official: Trump's Tulsa rally is an embarrassing disaster.— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) June 20, 2020
1⃣ The outdoor event has been cancelled.
2⃣ The overflow accommodations are unneeded.
3⃣ TV shows a half-empty arena.
4⃣ Trump is late—and angry.
5⃣ 6 members of his team already got coronavirus because of all this. https://t.co/vXP6VvdaiT
So this idiot got rolled by a bunch of Tik Tok teens and couldn’t even come close filling a 20,000 seat arena. He even built an outdoor stage for Trump to give another speech to the “overflow” crowd. Humiliating! https://t.co/8UW9chqTYm— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) June 20, 2020
Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, offered an explanation for the smaller than expected crowd size in a tweet, “Radical protestors, fueled by a week of apocalyptic media coverage, interfered with [Donald Trump] supporters at the rally. They even blocked access to the metal detectors, preventing people from entering.”
Radical protestors, fueled by a week of apocalyptic media coverage, interfered with @realDonaldTrump supporters at the rally.— Brad Parscale (@parscale) June 20, 2020
They even blocked access to the metal detectors, preventing people from entering.
Thanks to the 1,000s who made it anyway!https://t.co/eM2nohMEy6
Trump later claimed that “a bunch of maniacs” who were “very violent people” had contributed to the smaller crowd sizes and overflow location.