Trump's Oklahoma Rally was an Enormous Half-Empty Flop

Mish

Trump over-promised and under-delivered for his campaign comeback tour in Oklahoma.

"It’s amazing. No one’s ever heard of numbers like this," said Trump who was bragging about a million people requesting tickets to see him Oklahoma.

Out of an alleged million fans, about 9,000 actually turned up.

Overflow Area

Overflow Area

The arena was supposed to be filled to the brim so they created an overflow area.

Outdoor Remarks Cancelled

Why? 

No one showed up outside.

Beautiful Wave of Empty Seats

Overflow Crowd

What Happened?

In two words, "Unused Tickets"

It seems Millennials and Generation Z went online and orders tickets as a spoof.

Oklahoma Covid-19 Spike

To add insult to insult, Tulsa World reports Oklahoma Numbers Continue to Spike.

Oklahoma saw a 5.1% jump in the number of COVID-19 cases Thursday, with 450 new cases and two additional deaths.

Thursday’s numbers, which include the highest daily count since the pandemic began, leaves the state with 9,354 cases overall, with more than 1,100 of those coming since Sunday.

The Hill comments

Over just the past week, cases have increased by about 90 percent.  Testing in Oklahoma has also remained relatively flat, so the increase in cases is not due to an increase in testing, despite arguments being made by Vice President Pence and other officials.

Tulsa County has the highest number of cases in the state. The director of the Tulsa Health Department urged the Trump campaign on multiple occasions to reschedule the rally.

Trump Admits He Directed Officials to Find Fewer Cases

Trump tells Oklahoma rally he directed officials to slow virus testing to find fewer cases

At his rally in Tulsa on Saturday, President Trump called coronavirus testing “a double-edged sword” and said he asked officials to conduct fewer coronavirus tests to keep case numbers down. After claiming the United States has tested 25 million people, Trump said: “When you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people, you’re going to find more cases. So I said to my people, ‘Slow the testing down, please!’ ”

Meanwhile, Six members of Trump’s campaign advance team for his Tulsa rally tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to a statement from the president’s campaign. “Quarantine procedures” were implemented immediately, the statement added.

One Mask Seen

Might I suggest purposely suppressing tests so you can hold a big rally is more than a bit questionable?

Mish

Comments (138)
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Sechel
Sechel

Sloan Kettering has just proposed ending colonoscopies as a wan of stopping colon cancer.

Teens buying tickets didn't stop the Trump fans from attending. There was no-overflow crowd. Trump built it. They just didn't come. Brad Parsacale may be in trouble today.

And the big crowd pleaser of the evening. Trump drank out of the sipy cup with one hand.

JonSellers
JonSellers

Anecdotal, but I've noticed a yuuge drop in Trump support from family, friends and acquaintances. No actual anti-Trump comments, but a drop in comments in his favor. I think some folks who fear the coronavirus don't appreciate the decision to reopen the economy so quickly, and I think the horrific videos of Floyd's death, and the lack of presidential leadership in overcoming racism has some not wanting to be associated with "those people (unapologetic racists)".

Still lots of support from the true believers, but this could be apocalyptic for Republicans in November. Trump needs something to fall his way.

Jack and Joan
Jack and Joan

Oklahoma saw a 5.1% jump in the number of COVID-19 cases Thursday.
So What!!
What was the average of these victims 25. What counts is hospitalizations which are down. Young people do not go to the hospital.

ToInfinityandBeyond
ToInfinityandBeyond

The Republican Party is self destructing. Let’s see how long it takes for the party elite to realize they have no chance of winning in November with Trump as their leader. They aren’t the smartest tools in the shed so it could take a while for the penny to drop. The problem is that it is probably too late to change leadership unless they force Trump to quietly stand down - perhaps for medical reasons? I am sure they have the goods to strong arm him. The question is do they have the smarts and the intestinal fortitude to do so.

Zardoz
Zardoz

Well he did get an ovation for managing to drink from a glass one handed... thereby owning the libs. Therefore, he wins.

Sechel
Sechel

Nothing sums up the Tulsa like this video of Trump coming home.

Russell J
Russell J

It's a sad state of affairs when these are the choices we have

  1. Narcissistic reality tv personality / Failed business man

  2. Blatantly corrupt, washed up, senile career politician who has trouble completing a sentence.

Either way we lose.

Zardoz
Zardoz

To keep this fair and balanced here's Fox saying trump is "sparring" with the ebil demoncrabs over the crowd size, while showing some carefully cropped footage of the idiot gallery:

Some of those people will be dead of covid by the end of July. And for what? To cheer a president that think's he's being manly by quaffing a tumbler of water and casting it down wantonly? Does that make their wimmin folk's cellulite quiver?

His attempts at being tough make me think he once browsed this for 10 minutes in a waiting room somewhere and forgot most of what he saw:

The fact is, trump is a Dude, and thinks the world is his Dude Ranch, and that he can have his cowboy gang beat up anybody that he doesn't like.

It's weird... I started out horrified at him becoming president, and now it just keeps getting progressively more hilarious. Usually works the other way, things start out funny and progress to "oh s**t".

The man is a genius entertainer, and nobody can take that from him.

davebarnes2
davebarnes2

6200! Really? That low.
OK. why?

  1. Potential attendees were afraid of/concerned about catching Covid-19?
  2. Potential attendees afraid of "antifa" protestors attacking them?
  3. Potential attendees getting bored with Fat Donnie's shtick? Actual disagreement with his racism, China bashing, religious postering, etc.?
Sechel
Sechel

tik-tok teens didn't prevent people from showing up to the over-flow area. Nobody wanted to come.

ToInfinityandBeyond
ToInfinityandBeyond

Sooo much winning. I can’t take it.

tokidoki
tokidoki

When a troll gets trolled.

He's going to overcompensate though. Watch out for it.

BaronAsh
BaronAsh

Ha Ha Ha! Mish, your TDS going into overdrive.

Of course you conveniently overlook - or maybe your news sources are so biased you are unaware of - the lack of crowd control by the pusillanimous PD (like nearly all PD's it seems nationwide) such that the metal screeners needed for entry (because there are many radicals out there threatening violence etc.) got pushed away. So thousands were left outside. If you happened to see the photos from the morning - many hours before the event - there were more than enough to fill that hall.

So once again TDS'ers love to heap insult on the Trumpsters whilst ignoring the violence they espouse.

Frankly: Shame on you for such biased, inaccurate and toxic coverage.

BaronAsh
BaronAsh

over 5 million online streaming views...

tokidoki
tokidoki

The Donald will call China's Xi soon.
The Donald: "Can you please, please, please, stop all that Tik Tok shit?"
Xi: "Not if you keep talking about the kung flu ......."

"Trade wars are easy to win". So far it's been zero on the Donald's side of the ledger.
If this is what winning looks like, might as well start losing.

wmjack
wmjack

Democrat Gang will use fraud when ever needed to win---Ticket fake out just an example of what Democrats would do with mail in Ballots --total corruption ---Communist style

channelstuffing
channelstuffing

Trump is not popular in oil country,coal too.even though the Fed is continuing to massively prop up oil in a desperate attempt to keep oil from dropping into the single digits,maybe go negative!

Montana33
Montana33

His advance team was so incompetent. It’s not hard to vet your sign ups. A random sample test that takes less than an hour would have told them they had a problem. Voter data is so easy to get. I could have spotted it in less time - Duh. Trumps re-election team has no data skills. What moron wouldn’t look into a million sign ups! It’s as if these people have never run a campaign.

Helene84
Helene84

4 million people watched the rally online. Has Biden ever managed to draw more than 4000 viewers to any of his events.

I don't even like Trump and will be voting green this year, but this is silly. Every post on this blog now is just generic hysterical anti-Trump propaganda that anyone can get from CNN or MSNBC, or from the low information blue wave resistance twitter crowd. The echo chamber is even worse than it was in 2016 and I fear the resulting hubris will be your downfall.

njbr
njbr

Shouldn't it worry his team that his prime group appears to be worried about the virus enough to avoid his rallies. His lack of seriousness on the issue is damaging him.

"Come to my rally but don't sue me if you get sick!"

WTF---stupidest messaging ever, and then say you're slowing down primary control measures..\

Irondoor
Irondoor

So, the leadership of the Democrat party, including Biden, has been in Congress for decades. The most recent President was Black and had 8 years. One of its revered recent leaders was in the KKK. But Trump is blamed for racism. This is bullshit and nobody (except Democrats) is buying it.

Sechel
Sechel

This is really classic Trump puffery from his real estate days. He'll say the building is 80% sold when its 15% sold. Nobody wants to buy in a building that isn't hot and nobody wants to go to a rally and be the only one there. Only the exaggeration bit the Trump team in the ass.

Realist
Realist

What I find shocking, is the administration pretending that the virus is going away; instead of working hard to protect American citizens. Having a big rally indoors is the exact opposite of trying to keep Americans safe.

Let’s check the numbers to see how well Trump is defeating the virus compared to a few other countries (June 20 numbers):

New Cases:New Deaths

Spain 363:7

Italy 264:49

Germany 556:1

France 641:16

Canada 390:64

UK 1295:128

US 33388:573

Felix_Mish
Felix_Mish

Let's say the expected numbers for the Tulsa rally were inflated because of a grass-roots, teen-age thing.

Use your powerful imagination, my fellow spectators: What media noises do you hear when that "thing" is directed at Biden?

So much noise to ignore. So, so much.

Again, read Mish political postings and comments from June 2016. Then do your Nov 2020 election speculations.

numike
numike

This conversation bores me

rikky1
rikky1

A pretty juvenile article there Mish. People sabotaging an event where actual supporters wanted to go and people bragging about it.

This isn't American, at least the America of the last 250 years or so.

Bottom line this won't change one single vote its just fodder for the already converted to make something of nothing.

Next.

Zardoz
Zardoz

Awww... he looks so sad coming home from this:

frozeninthenorth
frozeninthenorth

My two bits about all this brouhaha!

(1) Sure Trump was down, but then it's late and he's tired
(2) Fox news are traitors to Trump -- Wallace had the temerity to question the attendance
(3) Real Trump lovers already know that the low attendance was caused by all the Antifafa demonstrators that blocked access to the site
(4) Trump's team has already said that this was the best-attended rally and that the images were taken hours before Trump spoke...anyway, Biden is old

Democrats will call this the end of Trump. Sure it's bad but it's bad for Trump organizers -- resignations and firing are certain to follow.

It's also 153 days before election day. Senate/Justice department can do a lot of damage before then.

I have a suggestion Trump wants the post office to stop operating before the end of September that way people will not be able to mail in their ballots...

A real stable genius!

GatorGirl
GatorGirl

Why is anyone listening to the medical doctors that have been overwhelmingly wrong on this issue? Dr. Fraudci has been receiving millions of dollars from US taxpayers since 1984 for the AIDS vaccine, where is it? Dr. Fraudci approved hydroxychloroquine for coronavirus in 2005, why did he say it wouldn't work now when it has been the most effective in combination with other therapies? Medical misdiagnoses kill 250,000 people per year in the USA. Why do you listen to them?

ureal
ureal

Who cares how many people were there? I was comfortably watching at home and i thought he was very funny.

Zardoz
Zardoz

Here's a venue he can fill:

meltdownman
meltdownman

I love coming here when I am depressed. I just see how depressing these articles are when they cut down a president so bad with such negativity and hatred that I realize I'm not as bad off as others. I feel so much better today. Thank you for the therapy session Mitch.

LexRex1776
LexRex1776

So, what has forgetful Joe done in the way of rallies?


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