POLITICS UPDATED JUNE 22, 2020
All the Reasons Trump’s Tulsa Rally Was a Complete Disaster
Ahead of President Trump’s indoor campaign rally at the BOK Center in Tulsa on Saturday night, much of the public attention was on (1) the risk of holding an indoor rally with thousands of people not required to wear face masks or remain socially distanced amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic; (2) the decision to hold the rally in a state that the president is expected to win easily in November; and (3) the decision, amid popular nationwide protests over racial injustice, to hold the rally — originally on Juneteenth — in a city that was the setting of a horrific massacre of Black Americans by a mob of their white neighbors in 1921.
Regardless, Trump and his campaign didn’t just brush off all external concerns, but set extraordinarily high expectations for how many people would attend and how important the event would end up being for Trump’s campaign. They bragged about how many people had registered for tickets, estimated that 100,000 would show up, and in Trump’s case, even threatened anyone who planned on coming to the rally to protest.
But reality crashed Trump World’s bubble on Saturday, and it was brutal. Less than 6,200 people showed up to cheer Trump on, and the fallout is already upending the Trump campaign. Below is more on that and everything else that went wrong.https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/06/trump-holds-controversial-indoor-rally-in-tulsa-updates.html