Trump campaign touts 4M online viewers for Tulsa rally

President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged MORE’s reelection campaign said late Saturday that his rally in Tulsa, Okla., his first since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, attracted 4 million viewers online.

“President Trump’s rally in Tulsa attracted over 4 million unique viewers across all of the campaign’s digital media channels. The live-streamed pre-rally shows drew an audience of more than 2.5 million unique viewers by themselves. These numbers don’t even include television viewers,” Tim Murtaugh, the director of communications for Trump's campaign, said in a statement.

“The news media, which encouraged protestors and bombarded Americans for more than a week with dire warnings against attending a Trump rally, are still unable to prevent President Trump from reaching the people,” Murtaugh added. “These numbers represent unmatched enthusiasm behind the President’s re-election and a massive audience that Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike Biden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot MORE can only dream of.”


The statement came after numerous Democratic lawmakers mocked the president’s campaign for lower than expected attendance at the event. Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuPelosi, lawmakers denounce violence against Asian Americans Riot probe to likely focus on McCarthy-Trump call Progressives urge Biden pick for attorney general to prosecute Trump MORE (D-Calif.), for example, quipped that the low attendance was due to a combination of people fearing the coronavirus and the release of the 2019 film “Knives Out” on Amazon.

Pop star Pink also took a shot at the rally attendance, tweeting of the BOK Center, “I think I sold that place out in five minutes.”

Several Twitter users also compared the rally to Trump’s 2017 inauguration, when then-White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerPsaki signals she's open to reviving 'Skype seats' amid pandemic Newsmax rescinds Spicer's White House Correspondents' Association application: report Sean Spicer applies to join White House Correspondents' Association MORE claimed, "This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe."

Murtaugh and Trump campaign manager Brad ParscaleBrad ParscaleAides tried to get Trump to stop attacking McCain in hopes of clinching Arizona: report MORE blamed the in-person attendance on protesters and the media, with Murtaugh claiming demonstrators blocked access to the metal detectors.

The Trump campaign said ahead of the rally that it received more than 1 million ticket requests, for which users of the TikTok app have claimed credit, saying they deliberately placed requests while not intending to show up in person.