Trump campaign touts 4M online viewers for Tulsa rally

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline 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 BidenHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline Overnight Defense: Trump campaign's use of military helicopter raises ethics concerns | Air Force jets intercept aircraft over Trump rally | Senators introduce bill to expand visa screenings 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 suggests Trump setting 'dangerous' example with quick return to White House The spin on Woodward's tapes reveals the hypocrisy of Democrats Larry Kudlow defends response to coronavirus: Trump 'led wisely' 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 Memo: Trump allies have hope, urge new approach in crucial last debate Spicer mocks Pelosi claim of CNN being GOP 'apologists': 'Had no idea I had Wolf Blitzer in my pocket' Debate moderator Steve Scully says his Twitter account was hacked as president accuses him of being a 'Never Trumper' 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.