According to Forbes, the attendance was just under 6,200 at Trump’s rally in Tulsa on June 20 — which explains why the venue seemed so empty. Although the arena can hold 19,000 people, photos and videos from the event show vacant seats in the upper decks and in the standing-room-only area close to the stage.
It’s worth mentioning that Trump was scheduled to talk to supporters in an outside overflow. Except, this second event ended up getting canceled because of low turnout. Trump’s campaign, however, blamed the cancelation on protesters.
“Radical protesters, coupled with a relentless onslaught from the media, attempted to frighten off the President’s supporters,” he said in a statement, claiming protesters blocked access to metal detectors, which prevented people from entering the arena.
If you happen to be among the folks who are secretly (or not-so-secretly) thrilled about the rally’s low turnout, be sure to thank Alt TikTok, K-pop fans, and the rest of the teens who successfully pranked the Trump campaign. Because as it turns out, the kids are all right.