Trump Campaign Blames 'Local Law Enforcement' And Others For Low Rally Attendance; TPD Responds

Jun 23, 2020

Responding to comments from a Trump campaign official that "local law enforcement" was partially responsible for a smaller than expected crowd at the BOK Center Saturday for President Donald Trump's reelection rally, the Tulsa Police Department issued a statement describing only a short interruption.

"During the day there was a brief period of time, approximately 30 minutes, where the overwhelming quantity of demonstrators prohibited individuals from entering one of the three point of entry (4th and Cheyenne)," TPD said in a statement posted to Facebook. "During this time, officers closed and secured the gates until additional officers could arrive to assist."

"When the additional officers were in place, the gates were re-opened, and attendees were safely brought into the event."

"This singular and brief incident was the only time 'local law enforcement in Tulsa' closed a gate, thereby restricting anyone from entering the event," the statement concludes.

The Trump campaign has also accused the Tulsa Fire Department of incorrectly assessing the ticketed crowd at 6,200, with an official tweeting and telling Fox News that the number was 12,000. Mayor G.T. Bynum on Monday said the true figure was likely somewhere in between those.