The Trump campaign rally, originally planned on Juneteenth, a holiday of great significance to African Americans, has been surrounded by much controversy since its announcement. Public health experts, including some from the Trump administration, also warned against the rally because of health concerns due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. The rally’s turnout wasn’t at all what Trump expected— In fact, the campaign anticipated a crowd too large for Tulsa’s BOK Center, a stadium with a capacity of 19,200, claiming to have received over a million ticket requests but as the crowd began to settle in the seats were barely filled.
"There was so much response, over a million ticket requests, that we decided that the BOK Center was just not big enough,” Trump campaign Communications Director Tim Murtaugh said on Friday, announcing the president would “speak in both locations."
The Trump campaign announced Saturday evening that they were cancelling a planned second speech at the president’s Tulsa rally due to low turnout, blaming the turnout on protesters and the media.
“President Trump is rallying in Tulsa with thousands of energetic supporters,” Murtaugh said, accusing protesters of interfering with supporters and blocking access to the metal detectors, which he claims prevented people from entering.
In addition to the their disappointment, six Trump staffers working on the rally tested positive for coronavirus and Tulsa County reported its highest number of cases ever.
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