According to Politico, President Donald Trump’s aides were shocked to see such a miniscule crowd at the president’s campaign rally comeback in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday.
Prior to the event, aides reportedly believed a showing of 60,000 would be the worst-case scenario.
- Politico reported that aides “knew the 1.1 million figure was inflated: After sorting through the sign-ups — a process that included looking at registrants' voting histories — they determined that about 300,000 were fake.”
- They also “estimated that only between 200,000 and 300,000 people lived within immediate driving distance.”
- Their expectation? “Worst-case scenario, they concluded, was an audience of about 60,000.”
- In reality, just over 6,000 Trump supporters showed up for the rally.
“Hours before the rally was to get underway, it became clear to the president’s lieutenants that a debacle was underway and that there would be a patchwork of empty seats,” Politico’s sources said.
Aides became painfully aware that the campaign’s prior declaration that 1 million people had signed up to see Trump in Tulsa — amid an ongoing pandemic — was “destined to fall on its face.”