Fire Marshal: 6,200 People Attended Rally; TikTok Users Claim They Inflated Expectations

Fire Marshal: 6,200 People Attended Rally; TikTok Users Claim They Inflated Expectations

Fire Marshal: 6,200 People Attended Rally; TikTok Users Claim They Inflated Expectations

"These people are sick, the fake news", Trump said referring to different reports suggesting the president may have been unwell and referencing his age. "Registering for a rally only means you've RSVPed with a cell phone number", said Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh in a statement to Reuters.

Mr Trump described testing as a "double-edged sword", saying: "When you do testing to that extent you're going to find more people". They also deleted their social media posts organizing the plan to keep it from the attention of the Trump campaign.

The Trump campaign said the entry was "first-come-first-serve" and that no one was issued an actual ticket.

The president's campaign tried to point fingers elsewhere over the smaller-than-expected crowds, accusing protesters of blocking access to metal detectors and preventing people from entering the rally.

There were large groups of protesters in downtown Tulsa near the site of the rally, police said, but they were demonstrating peacefully.

"It's bad", said Republican operative Rick Tyler, a frequent Trump critic.

The virus has since killed almost 120,000 Americans and hugely disrupted a once-booming economy, which had been Trump's strongest re-election selling point.

"Speaking of his team that set up this rally, six members of Trump's advanced team did acknowledge that they had tested positive for COVID".

In fact, Trump was supposed to address an overflow crowd before the main event, which was then quietly cancelled because there weren't enough people at the overflow crowd.

The president raged to aides that the staffers' positive cases had been made public, according to two White House and campaign officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.

The country's racial divide remains a political vulnerability for Trump.

"The White House claims they weren't involved in the set-up there. that they're now in quarantine".

After the rally, Parscale claimed that "radical protesters" had blocked Trump supporters from entering the venue.

Tulsa has seen cases of Covid-19 spike in the past week, and the local health department director asked that the rally be postponed.

The president added anyone who burns an American flag should be sent to prison commenting: "We ought to come up with legislation that if you burn the American flag you go to jail for one year". The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Friday denied a request that everyone attending the indoor rally wear a mask, and few in the crowd outside Saturday were wearing them.

Trump won the presidency in 2016 with a similar red-meat message aimed largely at energizing conservatives and white working-class men.

At the nearby John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park, the Rev. Mareo Johnson, leader of Black Lives Matter-Tulsa, said, "When I look around, it's a lot of people".

President Donald Trump held his first campaign rally ahead of the 2020 U.S. elections in Tulsa on 20 June.

But areas outside the arena appeared to be sparsely populated about an hour before the president's arrival.

Inside the barriers, the campaign was handing out masks and said hand sanitiser also would be distributed and that participants would undergo a temperature check.

"I think it's mostly a hoax", attendee Will Williams, 46, said of the coronavirus, questioning why Democrats were not more concerned about people who die from drug overdoses. "If I'm thinking about Trump, I can't be thinking about this, about a brighter future".

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