Democratic lawmakers, celebrities and others mocked President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump MORE after attendance appeared to be lower than expected at his Saturday campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla.

Reporters at the rally shared photos and video of the crowd at the BOK Center in Tulsa before Vice President Pence addressed supporters ahead of the president's speech.

Inside the arena, there were empty spots on the floor and in the upper levels. 

ADVERTISEMENT

The Trump campaign in a statement blamed the attendance on media and protesters in the area surrounding the arena.

ADVERTISEMENT

"President Trump is rallying in Tulsa with thousands of energetic supporters, a stark contrast to the sleepy campaign being run by Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump Cruz urges Supreme Court to take up Pennsylvania election challenge MORE from his basement in Delaware," communications director Tim Murtaugh said in a statement.

"Sadly, protestors interfered with supporters, even blocking access to the metal detectors, which prevented people from entering the rally," he added. 

The Trump campaign said that it had received more than 1 million ticket requests ahead of the rally. It also canceled planned addresses from the president and Pence at a separate stage outside the arena ahead of the rally. 

Many were quick to take to social media to jab the president over the event's attendance following images and video captured on the ground.  

Rep Ted LieuTed W. LieuHouse Democrats pick Aguilar as No. 6 leader in next Congress Democrats to determine leaders after disappointing election Mark Cuban asks voters to 'reconsider' donating to Georgia run-off elections MORE (D-Calif.) tweeted ahead of the event, “Why so many empty seats at the #TrumpsCoronavirusRally? A. Seeing @POTUS is not worth dying B. @realDonaldTrump’s base shrank so much they can’t even fill an arena in a red state C. Campaign lied about how many people got tickets D. Knives Out is now available on Amazon Prime.” 

ADVERTISEMENT

Lieu also mocked the president’s campaign after it canceled plans for Trump and Pence to address supporters in an overflow space outside the arena.

“I believe the correct word would be ‘underflow.’ The small number of people at the #TrumpTulsaRally has now become a big embarrassment for @realDonaldTrump,” he wrote.

Rhode Island Rep. David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineDemocrats were united on top issues this Congress — but will it hold? House Democrats pick Aguilar as No. 6 leader in next Congress Nominated for another Speaker term, Pelosi says it's her last MORE (D) joked, “This is President Trump’s Fyre Fest,” referencing the failed 2017 music festival. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.), wrote, “The last time I saw a crowd this small was Trump’s Inauguration.”

 

ADVERTISEMENT

Former White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerRealClearPolitics editor corrects Giuliani on Pennsylvania claim: 'This is false' Job-seeking Trump officials likely to get chilly reception on K Street Trump challenges electoral process as hopes for victory fade MORE told reporters in 2017 that Trump's inauguration had "the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe."

The assertion has been widely refuted.

Veteran journalist Dan Rather wrote, “Paging Sean Spicer for a crowd estimate in Tulsa.”

Former Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillMcCaskill: 'Hypocrisy' for GOP to target Biden nominee's tweets after Trump Democrats must turn around Utah police arrest man driving 130 mph claiming he was going to kill former Missouri senator MORE (D-Mo.) called the Trump campaign’s statement blaming protesters and the media “complete and total bullshit” and the “Trump campaign version of dog ate my homework.”

Others also jabbed the Trump campaign over the size of the crowd.

Musician Pink tweeted, "I think I sold that same place out in five minutes." 


The decision to hold the Tulsa rally has been viewed by some as controversial amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Coronavirus cases have spiked in Oklahoma in recent days, and the Trump campaign confirmed Saturday that six staffers who traveled to Tulsa ahead of the rally had tested positive for the coronavirus. 

Tulsa's health director last week voiced concerns about the rally, saying that the indoor event produces a "huge risk" and that he wished "we could postpone this to a time when the virus isn’t as large a concern as it is today."