Large sections of the upper stands were clearly empty at ’s , on Saturday, following days of the campaign boasting that the venue would be packed because some 1 million people had requested tickets to the event.

Trump had planned to deliver comments ahead of the rally to an overflow group of supporters outside the BOK Center. But just a smattering of people ended up showing up, and Trump canceled the appearance. The campaign claimed that Trump’s outdoor speech was canceled because of protests, a position that appeared already be setting up the media and protesters as fall guys for the rally’s mediocre turnout.

“Protesters interfered with supporters, even blocking access to the metal detectors, which prevented people from entering

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