Trump’s Tulsa Rally Hit With Low Turnout, President And VP Cancel Pre-Event Address

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Anders Hagstrom White House Correspondent
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President Donald Trump’s campaign rally had lower than expected turnout Saturday, leading the campaign to cancel both his and Vice President Mike Pence’s plans to address crowds in the outdoor overflow area before the rally.

Trump was planned to deliver the speech an hour before his full address at the 8 p.m. rally, with video and photos of the event showing a half-empty rally venue.

The Trump campaign blamed the low turnout on interference from protesters, as well as critical coverage from the media. (RELATED: REPORT: Trump Campaign Pushing For 4 Live Debates Against Joe Biden)

“President Trump is rallying in Tulsa with thousands of energetic supporters, a stark contrast to the sleepy campaign being run by Joe Biden from his basement in Delaware. Sadly, protestors interfered with supporters, even blocking access to the metal detectors, which prevented people from entering the rally. Radical protesters, coupled with a relentless onslaught from the media, attempted to frighten off the President’s supporters. We are proud of the thousands who stuck it out,” Tim Murtaugh, a campaign spokesman, said in a statement to reporters.

Trump’s decision to hold the June 20 rally was met with widespread criticism over the dangers posed by coronavirus. The Trump campaign took some precautions to protect attendees, including requiring temperature checks and offering masks and hand sanitizer before allowing people in.

The rally came just hours after news that six of Trump’s campaign staffers in Tulsa tested positive for COVID-19.