The rally disappointed Trump 1

The rally disappointed Trump 1

Trump confidently predicted the campaign rally in the city of Tulsa would attract tens of thousands of people, but the rows of empty seats surprised him.

When President Donald Trump on June 20 took a helicopter to Andrew military base to board a plane to the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he was about to hold his first large-scale campaign after three months of stagnation.

President Trump at a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, June 20.

Scrolling through the television news early that morning, Trump was disappointed not to see images of crowds lining up outside the Bank of Oklahoma center, according to a source familiar with the matter.

However, Trump is still confident that he can breathe new life into his election campaign.

By the time Air Force One took off, things had not gotten better.

Two hours before the event, those registered to attend received an urgent text from the Trump campaign: `Celebration of the Great American Comeback is coming up! There are still seats available!`.

When Trump landed in Tulsa at 5:51 p.m., the `sea of people` that the US President expected had not yet formed.

`You are warriors. We have very bad people out there. They are doing very bad things. But I appreciate this very much,` Trump told the crowd.

After a nearly two-hour speech, Trump left Tulsa at night.

According to experts, from the moment of planning, the election campaign marking Trump’s return after more than 100 days of suspension to fight Covid-19 had problems.

The first problem lies in the timing of the event.

Although Trump did not see the choice of Tulsa as a rally site as a problem, his advisers from the beginning were worried about the decision to choose a city with a history of violence related to racism amid the protests.

The prospect of thousands of people gathering in a packed hall in the context of the still serious Covid-19 situation is also always a barrier that makes supporters hesitant to attend the event.

Having been kept in the White House for many months because of the epidemic, Trump repeatedly asked to plan a campaign rally, despite warnings from health officials.

As large protest crowds formed after the death of George Floyd, convincing the President to postpone the event became more difficult.

As Trump’s wishes became clearer than ever, the campaign team had to quickly identify a location that would both ensure space for large crowds and receive the cooperation of the state governor and mayor.

Tulsa seems to tick all the boxes.

The rally disappointed Trump

A supporter attended President Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa on June 20.

In the week leading up to the event, the campaign had all of Trump’s attention, according to sources familiar with the matter.

`We’re going to be in Oklahoma. And the crowds are going to be the biggest they’ve ever been, I guess. We have huge ticket bookings,` he said.

On June 19, Trump did not schedule any events, seemingly to focus on the campaign rally the next day.

When he learned that Tulsa would impose a curfew three nights before and after the campaign, Trump called the mayor of Tulsa to protest.

On the morning of June 20, everything suddenly went in a direction not as he expected with a series of bad news pouring in.

`The event in Oklahoma was amazing. The crowd was unbelievable. They had never seen anything like it before,` Trump said before leaving the South Lawn of the White House.

But in Tulsa it’s a different story.

After Trump finished his speech, a source familiar with the matter said two Secret Service agents tested positive for nCoV.

Vu Hoang (According to CNN)

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