Trump campaign touts 4M online viewers for Tulsa rally

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary 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 BidenMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Hillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation Biden offers well wishes to Lebanon after deadly explosion 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. LieuGOP official says Elizabeth Warren 'endorses voter fraud' after joke about Bailey voting for Biden Milley confirms soldiers deployed to DC amid unrest were given bayonets Trump campaign touts 4M online viewers for Tulsa rally 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 SpicerThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Supreme Court's unanimous decision on the Electoral College Juan Williams: Trump's base begins to crack Bolton denies saying he will back Biden over Trump in November 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 ParscaleBradley (Brad) James ParscaleMORE 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.