Parscale said the reporters who shared the news were “unprofessional and ready to deceive themselves on the charade.”
Trump’s campaign manager said the usual online RSVP process for rallies is to sort out wrong numbers, as we did tens of thousands at the Tulsa rally to calculate our possible pool of participants. These wrong ticket requests never flow into our thinking. ”
Trump card tweeted on Monday that the campaign had received requests for almost a million tickets before the rally. The number initially raised questions because the venue of the rally, the BOK Center, has a capacity of 19,000 seats.
The Tulsa fire department confirmed on Sunday that the total number of participants was less than 6,200.
Parscale said ongoing protests and concerns about the spread of Covid-19 had prevented people from attending the rally.
“The fact is that a week of fake news media warning people of the rally about COVID and protesters, along with recent images of burning American cities, has had a real impact on the people who brought their families and children to the rally. Parscale said.
Oklahoma public health officials have warned against holding a rally in an indoor space as coronavirus cases continue to increase in the state. Ultimately, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled in favor of the rally after a lawsuit was dismissed, requiring social detachment and wearing masks. Neither masks nor social distancing, both recommended by the federal centers for disease control and prevention, were prominently seen at the Saturday rally.
The rally was Trump’s first campaign event in months because of the coronavirus pandemic. The campaign has planned rallies in Florida, Arizona and North Carolina in the coming weeks.