NO millions of people he boasted wanted seats?
Couldn’t even fill the house?
All those pictures of crowds did NOT materialise INSIDE….
Your bad week continues!
President Donald Trump was hoping to inject new energy into his 2020 re-election bid on Saturday after a three-month hiatus from the campaign trail, but smaller-than-expected turnout forced the campaign to rejigger his schedule.
Trump skipped a planned appearance outside of the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla., which Campaign Spokesman Tim Murtaugh blamed on “radical protestors, coupled with a relentless onslaught from the media,” who “attempted to frighten off the President’s supporters.”
Reporters on the scene, however, denied seeing large numbers of people turned away from the overflow stage. Inside the 20,000-person BOK Center, meanwhile, whole sections of the arena remained empty.
That’s a blow to Trump and his Republican allies, who hoped the rally would kick start a new phase of the campaign after a politically brutal spring. National and swing-state polling show Trump trailing presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, amid mounting criticism of the president’s handling of both the coronavirus pandemic and the protests against police brutality sweeping the nation.
Trump had bragged earlier in the week that the campaign had received nearly a million ticket requests for the rally.
“You are warriors!” the president told the crowd as he began his remarks. “We had some very bad people outside. They were doing bad things.”
The thousands of people in the arena, many of whom lined up days earlier, erupted. T-shirts emblazoned with “Trump 2020,” “MAGA,” and “defend the police” dotted the crowd, but few wore the face masks the campaign provided.
The president then launched into a 90-minute speech that hit familiar targets — “Sleepy Joe” Biden, the media, the “radical left,” and the Washington, D.C. swamp — while labeling his supporters as insurgents, ready to take on the establishment and every group of people who oppose his administration.
The entire scene was soaked in controversy. The nation’s largest indoor gathering in three months was a rejection of the Trump administration’s own warnings about public events…
A supporter sits alone in the top sections of the BOK Center as Vice President Pence speaks before President Trump at Saturday’s rally in Tulsa. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
top image…President Donald Trump takes the stage at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla., on Sunday. | M. Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO