The Trump campaign planned for huge crowds at their rally this past Saturday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but a huge crowd did not show up. Instead, the campaign was barely able to muster a sizable crowd inside the arena — according to local reports, attendance topped out at around 6,200 in an arena that could fit up to 19,000 people. The Trump campaign was obviously planning for a lot more attendees, since besides booking the big venue, they’d originally even set up an outdoor stage for Trump to give a speech to an “overflow” crowd — but an overflow crowd never showed up. Former Senator Al Franken trolled Trump on Sunday over his failed attempt at a huge rally.
Franken shared on Twitter:
‘6,200 people at Trump rally in Tulsa. Acts that had bigger crowds at the same venue in 2019: – Sha Na Na – The Pips (w/o Gladys Knight) – Loverboy – John Tesh – The West Virginia Touring Company of La Traviata’
6,200 people at Trump rally in Tulsa. Acts that had bigger crowds at the same venue in 2019:
– Sha Na Na
– The Pips (w/o Gladys Knight)
– John Tesh
– The West Virginia Touring Company of La Traviata
— Al Franken (@alfranken) June 21, 2020
The Trump campaign has come up with an array of ridiculous excuses for the low rally crowd size. They’ve even claimed that protesters were blocking access to the rally, as if that explains the fact that the arena seems to have been barely one-third full. That claim, however, is incorrect — outside of a brief closure of one of the four entrances hours before the events began, any prospective rally attendee could just walk right on inside. People just didn’t want to show up.
The lack of enthusiasm for Trump is showing up in the polls. Consistently, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leads Trump in polls taken on both the national level and on the levels of many individual swing states, including many states that Trump won in 2016, like Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. Trump has largely refused to acknowledge the dismal poll numbers, claiming that they’re some kind of fake news.
Check out Twitter’s response to Franken: