Trump campaign blames cancellation of outdoor speeches on protesters interfering

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Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh. “Sadly, protesters interfered with supporters, even blocking access to the metal detectors, which prevented people from entering the rally.” The planned outdoor speeches have been cancelled as well.

Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted:

Radical protestors, fueled by a week of apocalyptic media coverage, interfered with

@realDonaldTrump supporters at the rally. They even blocked access to the metal detectors, preventing people from entering. Thanks to the 1,000s who made it anyway!

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Reporter Yamiche Alcindor of PBS offered a contrasting narrative, tweeting:

So far:
-Outdoor Trump campaign event where Pres Trump & VP Pence were to speak has been cancelled
-Overflow crowd has been moved into indoor arena
-Crowd inside arena is not full w/ empty upper levels
-Trump campaign sent out texts to supporters saying “There’s still space!”

WashingtonExaminer reports the Trump campaign canceled planned outdoor speeches by President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at their comeback rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday night after protesters “interfered” with Trump supporters, campaign officials said.

“Sadly, protesters interfered with supporters, even blocking access to the metal detectors, which prevented people from entering the rally,” said Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh. “Radical protesters, coupled with a relentless onslaught from the media, attempted to frighten off the president’s supporters. We are proud of the thousands who stuck it out.”

Media reports said fights occurred outside the BOK arena where Mr. Trump is holding his main rally indoors. But the president and vice president also initially had planned to speak to supporters outdoors who couldn’t get in to the 19,000-seat arena.

But areas outside the arena appeared to be sparsely populated about an hour before the president’s arrival.

It’s the president’s first campaign rally since March 2, when the coronavirus crisis brought a suspension of campaigning.

“President Trump is rallying in Tulsa with thousands of energetic supporters, a stark contrast to the sleepy campaign being run by Joe Biden from his basement in Delaware,” Mr. Murtaugh said.