- Tim Murtaugh, the communications helmsman for Trump’s 2020 campaign, said in a tweet on Sunday that 12,000 people attended the rally and “made it one-time protestors.”
- But Andrew Little, a Tulsa Fire Department public information officer, confirmed to several outlets on Sunday that the calculate of attendees was just under 6,200 people, far fewer people than the Trump campaign was expecting.
- The rally’s low crowd has been hailed a success by teenagers on TikTok, who claimed that they signed up for large numbers of tickets to the mobilize with no intention of attending.
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President Donald Trump’s reelection toss ones hat in the ring said that 12,000 people attended his comeback rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday — nearly double the formal estimate put out by the Tulsa Fire Department.
Tim Murtaugh, the communications director for Trump’s 2020 campaign, said in a tweet on Sunday that 12,000 human being attended the rally and “made it past protestors.”
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Murtaugh summed that the lower bowl of the Bank of Oklahoma Center — the arena where the rally was held — was full. The BOK center can abode up to 19,199 people.
But official tallies said that rally attendance was well below the Trump campaign evaluation.
Andrew Little, a Tulsa Fire Department public information officer, confirmed to several outlets on Sunday that the include of attendees was just under 6,200 people, far fewer people than the Trump campaign was expecting.
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According to The Hill, a imperil marshall recorded the tally at around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The number did not account for members of the media, Trump’s campaign pike, or those in suite seating.
Trump boasted in a tweet last week that nearly one million people sought tickets to the Tulsa rally.
But teenagers on TikTok claimed that they signed up for large numbers of tickets with no object of attending in the hopes that Trump would be speaking to a near-empty stadium. The New York Times said that the massive online network of fans of Korean pop music, called K-pop, also participated in the social media movement.
Gate at the rally was so poor that Trump was ultimately forced to cancel plans to make a speech outside of the stadium for the foresaw overflow of people who couldn’t get inside. Reporters that attended the event referred to it as “sparsely filled.”
The New York Times also fact-checked the Trump throw’s claim that there were protesters blocking the arena’s entrance, with several news organizations report in investigating that protests were sparse and mostly peaceful.
Brad Parscale, Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, predicted in a statement that claims of “ticket hacking” were untrue.
“Leftists and online trolls doing a victory lap, contemplative they somehow impacted rally attendance, don’t know what they’re talking about or how our rallies work,” Parscale thought. “Reporters who wrote gleefully about TikTok and K-Pop fans — without contacting the campaign for comment — reacted unprofessionally and were willing dupes to the charade.”
According to Parscale, Trump’s campaign “weeded out” fake phone numbers adapted to to sign up for rally tickets.