Just under 6,200 people attended President Trump’s rally in Tulsa Saturday, well below the BOK Center’s total capacity of 19,200, a public information officer for the Tulsa Fire Department told Forbes Sunday.
Why it matters: Trump’s campaign had planned to turn the rally into a massive pro-Trump festival to energize his re-election bid amid the coronavirus pandemic and nationwide protests against police brutality. Campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted last week that 800,000 people had signed up to attend the rally.
This is beyond dangerous thinking. He should be removed from office for this statement alone. Testing and contact tracing are the only measures we have of mitigation before, or if, a vaccine is found. By attempting to hide the true numbers, Trump is going to get hundreds of thousands more needlessly killed.
Donald Trump has told supporters at his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma that he asked for the rate of coronavirus testing to be slowed down because there were so many positive cases being found in the United States.
Repeating a point he has previously made, he suggested that the reason the US is leading the world in the number of infections and deaths is because so much testing has been done.
He said: “Testing is a double-edged sword. We’ve tested now 25 million people. It’s probably 20 million people more than anybody else. Germany’s done a lot, South Korea’s done a lot – they call me and say ‘The job you’re doing …’.
“Here’s the bad part: when you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people, you’re going to find more cases. So I said to my people, slow the testing down please.”
The US has at least 2.2 million confirmed cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and at least 119,000 deaths.
This explains the inflated numbers that the campaign was crowing about (although, even these numbers were probably inflated even more by Trump’s lying campaign people because lying is what they do best) but it doesn’t really explain the low turnout because there were no caps set on tickets. The TikTokers raised expectations for Trump and his shitty band of liars and the letdown must be glorious now. But why was the stadium half empty? Is Trump’s losing all but his most die hard koolaid drinkers?
On the platforms, teenagers have been reserving tickets for the rally – with no plans of actually showing up.
Key to the campaign, reported The New York Times, is the huge online network of fans of Korean pop music — K-pop. In recent months, they have pivoted from celebrating their favorite groups and artists to political causes, such as swamping right-wing hashtags and raising millions for the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Trump campaign had called for supporters to sign up for a free ticket to the rally using their mobile phone in a June 11 tweet, and K-pop fan accounts urged people to do so to prank the campaign.
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