With an unresolved tie that clutched one of his campaign's red caps and looked visibly upset, US President Donald Trump returned to the White House after attending a less than crowded arena at his first political rally in months in Tulsa, Oklahama had turned. The image was in sharp contrast to a prediction he made in his helicopter the day before he glided to deliver his election campaign speech.
"It's going to be a wild evening," said Mr. Trump in his usual confidence-emitting tone.
The rally, which was clouded by empty seats, was anything but what the US President – known to be indulging in large crowds – must have expected.
The White House had promised that Mr. Trump's first rally in three months would be flooded with up to 1,00,000 people, but large parts of the BOK center with a capacity of 19,000 were empty.
According to a report by the AFP news agency, an outdoor event for the crowded crowd was canceled because no one showed up, although Trump's team had a lot of interest in advance and more than a million ticket requests.
While the president's critics on Twitter said he looked "dejected" after his "disappointing rally" in Tulsa, others were amused.
I fixed it !! I am???? ???????? Trump Return Home After His Disappointing Rally! Cover, foreigner – "I want to know what love is" (SOUND UP) pic.twitter.com/n18LRatRap
– Just Vent (@ JustVent6) June 21, 2020
I can't stop seeing that. This is the biggest video ever. It's like a child who had a birthday party and nobody showed up.
– Redding Rebel (@RebelRedding) June 21, 2020
Mr Trump tried to use the event to get his re-election campaign going after he came under fire because of his reactions to the coronavirus and the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in detention in the Minneapolis police department was.
This is the look of defeat.
This is the real #WalkofShame.
It is wonderful to see. pic.twitter.com/J8SHhzp3O3
– Devin Nunes Mom (@NotDevinsMom) June 21, 2020
The US President refrained from commenting on the rally since the dust had cleared the next morning and only tweeted to deliver a Father's Day greeting.