He came, he saw, but he’s said to be VERY unhappy. In fact, President Trump is said to be furious over the low turn-out for his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday. NBC News cites several White House insiders as saying the President was already upset after his campaign revealed six members of his advance team tested positive for COVID-19 prior to the rally.
According to the Tulsa fire marshal, only about 62-hundred supporters actually filed into the BOK Center to hear him speak. The arena holds 19-thousand seats. The event marked the President's return to the campaign trail after a three-month break because of the coronavirus pandemic.
As for what he covered during his address, it’s much of what fans and foes alike would expect. Trump railed against his detractors, touted a number of accomplishments, and talked up his response to the coronavirus. On that note, he also brought back derogatory terms for the illness: the ‘Chinese virus’ and ‘Kung Flu.’ Trump’s longtime advisor Kellyanne Conway has referred to the latter as “highly offensive.”
As for what happened to Trump’s expected rally numbers, there are a number of theories – the leader? That teenagers on TikTok and K-pop fans are responsible. According to the “New York Times,” after TeamTrump told their supporters on Twitter to register for free tickets using their phones, K-pop fans began sharing the information, encouraging their followers to register for the rally and then not show.
Early in the week, the Trump campaign claimed it had over a million requests for tickets to the rally in Tulsa, which left questions about why only 62-hundred seats were filled. The prank began trending on TikTok, where videos about the prank got millions of views. The report says many users deleted their posts after 24 hours to conceal their plan and keep it from spreading to the mainstream internet.