President Donald Trump hoped for a huge crowd in Tulsa as he restarts his 2020 presidential campaign after leaving the trail due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump's campaign had bragged that over one million people had signed up for tickets and there were plans for Trump to address an overflow area outside as the campaign assumed they would fill the 19,000 seat BOK Center.
However, turnout appears to not be as high as anticipated.
Astead Westley of The New York Times posted a photo of light attendance inside the building.
I should add that the event isn't supposed to start for some time (90 mins ish). But this isn't a normal rally, the… https://t.co/AMwNo6sRih— Steadman™ (@Steadman™)1592691611.0
Outside was also quiet after the campaign began letting supporters inside, CNN's Abby Phillip reported.
Update: outdoor area has completely emptied out. https://t.co/XS8M0IJRFc— Abby D. Phillip (@Abby D. Phillip)1592692289.0
Dave Weigel of The Washington Post reported that the Trump campaign had called off the president addressing the small group outside.
We’re told that Trump will not speak to the overflow crowd, as was originally expected. There is a full set-up ther… https://t.co/eAKgT7KhKq— Dave Weigel (@Dave Weigel)1592689654.0
Rally programming starting now. Here’s the scene outside. https://t.co/CRnV6b4LfY— Dave Weigel (@Dave Weigel)1592692784.0
.@ryanobles confirms that President Trump and VP Pence will no longer speak at the “Outdoor Experience.” As of righ… https://t.co/Eu8lqRgvjD— Abby D. Phillip (@Abby D. Phillip)1592692697.0
Trump’s campaign manager had bragged that Trump would need to speak to the overflow crowd.
The outdoor stage for @realDonaldTrump’s Rally in Tulsa being built. This will be the 1st time that POTUS speaks t… https://t.co/SCA5taZlFj— Brad Parscale (@Brad Parscale)1592615217.0
The Trump campaign is blaming protesters for the poor turnout.
NEW: The Trump campaign is blaming tonight’s turnout which has fallen well short of their expectations to protestor… https://t.co/yRfWXjEILY— Ryan Nobles (@Ryan Nobles)1592693172.0