Chris Wallace Shames Trump Adviser Over Hilariously Low Rally Attendance


On Saturday night, the Trump campaign held its first rally in months after shutdowns of most large events amidst concerns about the Coronavirus. The Trump campaign had prepared for such high attendance that they set up an outdoor stage where Trump himself could speak to the “overflow” crowd — but those plans were cancelled when no overflow crowd showed up, and inside the arena, only about 6,200 Trump fans showed up, although the venue could house a full 19,000. In other words, there were a lot of empty seats. During Fox News Sunday this weekend, host Chris Wallace put top Trump campaign adviser Mercedes Schlapp on the spot over her inane refusals to admit the truth — namely, that the Trump campaign’s big “comeback” rally had spectacularly poor attendance.

During her attempted defense of the low turnout, Schlapp claimed that protesters who were supposedly blocking entrance to the rally were at least partially to blame, but that’s simply not true.

Wallace bluntly pointed out:

‘[Trump] didn’t fill an arena last night. And you guys were so far off that you had planned an outdoor rally and there wasn’t an overflow crowd and watching the coverage and talking to [Fox News correspondent] Mark Meredith on the ground today, protesters did not stop people from coming to that rally.’

Schlapp then proceeded to try and evade the issue, eventually getting around to claiming that at least Trump’s rally sizes are better than presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s. The problem is that Biden hasn’t even returned to holding campaign rallies yet, because the Coronavirus threat is still very real.

Wallace bluntly commented:

‘Mercedes, please don’t filibuster. Please don’t filibuster. We’re showing pictures here and it shows big empty areas, frankly it makes you guys look silly when you deny the reality of what happened.’

Schlapp responded by completely giving up any semblance of attempting to sound reasonable, apparently. She commented:

‘We are not denying the reality — I don’t know what you’re saying.’

She doesn’t know what Wallace is saying? He’s saying that the Trump campaign majorly failed in their attempt to garner a humongous crowd, and they’re way off-the-edge for denying that fact.

As Wallace put it:

‘There are empty seats there. The other half of the rally was empty. The arena was empty. You can’t deny it.’

Watch some of the exchange below:

As of just after noon Eastern time, the only post that Trump himself had made on Twitter this Sunday — the day after the rally — was a vague message wishing his followers a happy Father’s Day.

However, Trump seems likely to take up the issue of the Tulsa crowd size at some point in the near future — he very often goes feverishly after his perceived political opponents, after all. What conspiracy theory will Trump dream up next? Maybe he’ll say that aliens abducted the rest of the crowd! Or maybe he’ll deny that over half the arena was apparently empty altogether, along the lines of his team’s lie that his inauguration was the most well-attended U.S. presidential inauguration ever.