Media, campaign operatives and citizens all tried to spin the turnout for President Donald Trump's rally Saturday night in Tulsa, Okla., but one thing was certain: There were still good seats available inside the 19,000-plus-seat BOK Center as Trump began speaking.
The lower bowl appeared to be close to full and there was a large gathering on the floor, but large portions of the upper deck were . . . not. There were many theories including COVID-19/social distancing concerns, a rescheduled date from the original June 19, the campaign's claim of protesters blocking the area outside the arena, and a reported TikTok/BTS ticket trolling scheme.
But in the interest of sticking to sports, this is the point in the article where we compile attendance-related Twitter jokes about the gathering.
NHL arenas get a few mentions at the start here:
tfw you tout a million tickets sold and end up getting the turnout of a Wednesday night Arizona Coyotes game against the Blue Jackets https://t.co/7nLd2Rnc2j— Andrew Joseph (@AndyJ0seph) June 21, 2020
Florida Panthers vs New Jersey Devils on a Tuesday night looking crowd https://t.co/2udXNjE9ou— raymond holtz (@HellblazerVice) June 21, 2020
And college basketball tournaments get some shoutouts, too:
Major '1st-round NCAA tournament game between two school from opposite coasts' Vibe here https://t.co/l2sKs2PTbM— Dane Belbeck (@ZDane7) June 20, 2020
This looks like the crowd during the first round of a mid-major conference basketball tournament. https://t.co/KwByPX3jHm— Jason Lukehart (@JasonLukehart) June 21, 2020
Looks like a Tuesday night Tulsa vs. Tulane battle for the 9 seed in the AAC conference tournament— Spencer Hughes (@spencerhughes) June 20, 2020
Extreme "morning session on this first day of a conference basketball tournament" energy https://t.co/xLZpef3GgL— Curran (Day 99) (@ItsCurran) June 21, 2020
I'm thinking more "Conference USA tournament quarterfinals day session" https://t.co/Cxc33mEXgd— John Hollinger (@johnhollinger) June 21, 2020
Of course, this wouldn't be complete without a Mets joke, because Mets.
The .163 hitter would be Tim Tebow, of course.