June 21, 2020 at 6:55 AM EDT
Verbal confrontations boiling and self-control, but not of the violence of the Trump Tulsa rally
TULSA — President Trump took the stage Saturday night for his first political rally since the outbreak of coronavirus, in front of empty seats and a disappointing crowd, and the infinity of the outer space were not used, and the protesters gathered on the streets of the city center to denounce the president’s handling of the police and public health crises roiling the country.
The Advantage of the campaign has repeatedly touted the figures suggesting as many as 1 million people have signed up for the event. But the number of Trump supporters who attended is far from this. The crowd did not fill the 19,000-seat BOK Center location, with swathes of high-level empty seats. The outdoor overflow area remained largely empty, and both Trump and Vice-President Pence cancelled plans for the speech there.
By Robert Klemko, Arelis Hernández, David Weigel, Isaac Stanley-Becker and Josh partlow