June 21, 2020 at 6:55 AM EDT
Verbal confrontations and boiling tempers, but no violence at Trump Tulsa rally
TULSA — President Trump took the stage Saturday night for his first political rally since the coronavirus outbreak, facing empty seats and an underwhelming crowd as the overflow outdoor area went unused and protesters gathered on downtown streets to denounce the president’s handling of the policing and public health crises roiling the country.
The Trump campaign has repeatedly touted figures suggesting as many as 1 million people signed up for the event. But the number of Trump supporters who showed up fell far short of that. The crowd did not fill the 19,000-seat BOK Center, with swaths of upper-level seating empty. The outdoor overflow area remained largely empty, and both Trump and Vice President Pence canceled plans for speeches there.
By Robert Klemko, Arelis Hernández, David Weigel, Isaac Stanley-Becker and Josh Partlow