Reporters who were at the rally said attendees had no difficulty getting into the venue.
Schlapp’s remarks came in the wake of footage showing empty seats for the president’s first rally since taking a three-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Trump campaign had been bragging that it received more than a million ticket requests in the lead-up to the rally, but it visibly failed to fill the BOK Center’s 19,000 seats. An outdoor overflow area was shuttered due to low attendance.
Reports of TikTok users and K-Pop fans booking tickets en masse in a silent protest started circulating as an explanation for the large disparity in the campaign’s projections and the limited attendance.
Schlapp also tried shifting attention toward Democratic rival Joe Biden, who has opted to do virtual campaign events over concerns of the coronavirus pandemic.
“The president went out to talk directly to the American people, to talk about the failed record of Joe Biden,” Schlapp said. “The fact that Joe Biden has been a career politician that has done nothing but only supported failed institutions.”
Six staffers at the Trump rally tested positive for coronavirus in the hours before the event.