Must Read… Tulsa Arena Management Sabotaged Trump Rally Attendance

(Gateway Pundit) – An article published several days ago written by an anonymous attendee made the claim that the management for the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma sabotaged attendance for the campaign rally by President Trump held there last Saturday resulting in thousands of empty seats in the BOK Center and the cancellation of plans for Trump and Vice President Pence to speak to an expected overflow crowd of thousands on a stage set up just outside the arena before speaking at the rally inside.

The fire marshal and arena management put attendance at just over 6,000 while the Trump campaign claimed 12,000 had cleared metal detectors.

A June 25 report by Armstrong Economics claimed that early in the day on Saturday BOK Center staff had placed stickers on every other seat in the arena barring use thereby cutting in half the attendance of the 19,199 seat arena. That report was not corroborated until Friday and Saturday when Billboard and the Washington Post respectively reported on the stickers and pushback by the Trump campaign that had campaign workers peeling the stickers off the seats right before the rally.

The other allegations of sabotage made by the attendee are that BOK Center temperature screeners were pulled off the job hours early, thereby making it impossible for rally attendees to get the green wristbands needed to advance to the Secret Service metal detectors for entry into the arena and the overflow stage area for the Trump and Pence speeches, and that cleared attendees were only allowed inside the arena in groups of one hundred at a time.

What makes the allegation of an effort to drive down attendance plausible is the celebratory tweet the night of the rally by Jay Marciano, head of the management company for the BOK Center, AEG–part of ASM Global, on the low recorded attendance, “Lying Don’s show in Tulsa is a big fat STIFF! There are only 6624 people in the arena. So much for “There were requests for 1 million.” Total lies. Are we surprised??

Above: Screen image via Showbiz411

Excerpt from Armstrong Economics:

…5. The BOK center just before the doors opened had block off every other seat in the arena so the arena could only hold about 9500 people.

6. After continued back and forth with the trump campaign, something happened to allow more people in (in groups of just 100 at a time). We had to wait about 30 minutes each time for them to let just 100 of us trickle into the building. I am not talking about their security- we had already passed through metal detectors and everything. You could actually run into the building each time they would let just 100 of us in at a time, but that was just just wrong and corrupt on BOK management’s part. They removed the stickers/rule on every other seat – that is true, but only after they shut down all entry to the “event location”.

7. I looked over at the screening area and told my wife- something fishy is gong on- 2 hours before the rally – the screeners have left. I told her- no one can get to the stage/overflow area or the BOK center with the “temperature screeners” gone. It is like the people that collect tickets say- I am done we are leaving.

8. They left their posts and from what I am learning- thousands could not get in to the first checkpoint because the temperature screeners had to put green wrist band on you to gain access to the Secret Service security checkpoint. No green band— no entry to the security check point.

9. I think the BOK management told the screeners – we have reached the capacity for what we are letting into the BOK center, so shut down- do not allow the other Trump supporters to get a temperature check and no more green wrist bands. Do not issue green wrist bands so they can get into the holding area to see the stage for the outdoor Trump Rally.

10. It was all a setup to make it look like the crowds did not show up. The crowds DID show up and after 5pm,- 2 hours before the event- no one was there to let them get to security…

Note, Martin Armstrong has a checkered past.

The Washington Post reported Saturday that the BOK Center purchased 12,000 stickers to block off seats which would have brought attendance to around 7,000 in the 19,199 seat venue–close to what the head of AEG gloat-tweeted the night of the rally.

Post excerpt via Tulsa World.

In the hours before his rally in Tulsa, President Trump’s campaign directed the removal of thousands of “Do Not Sit Here, Please!” stickers from seats in the arena that were intended to establish social distance between rallygoers, according to video and photos obtained by The Washington Post and a person familiar with the event.

The removal contradicted instructions from the management of the BOK Center, the 19,000-seat arena in downtown Tulsa where Trump held his rally on June 20. At the time, coronavirus cases were rising sharply in Tulsa County, and Trump faced intense criticism for convening a large crowd for an indoor political rally, his first such event since the start of the pandemic.

As part of its safety plan, arena management had purchased 12,000 do-not-sit stickers for Trump’s rally, intended to keep people apart by leaving open seats between attendees. On the day of the rally, event staff had already affixed them on nearly every other seat in the arena when Trump’s campaign told event management to stop and then began removing the stickers, hours before the president’s arrival, according to a person familiar with the event who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters…

Billboard was first to report on the seat sticker controversy with an article published Friday (excerpt):

Hours before President Donald Trump took the stage last Saturday at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for his first rally in the COVID-19 era, arena workers were busy labeling thousands of seats with “Do Not Sit Here Please!” stickers to promote social distancing, part of a new safety protocol at the arena known as VenueShield.

Campaign staff quickly radioed over to an executive at ASM Global and asked the arena to stop labeling the seats. In fact, “they also told us that they didn’t want any signs posted saying we should social distance in the venue,” says Doug Thornton, executive vp for ASM Global, who oversees nearly 100 arenas across five continents for the venue management company created by the 2019 merger of AEG and SMG.

Thorton said ASM was simply following the company’s new VenueShield program, developed with doctors, industry experts and infectious disease specialists to prevent the spread of coronavirus at ASM’s 325 venues worldwide. The event was general admission-only meaning all seats were first come, first serve. The stickers were a mandatory component of VenueShield, ASM continued stickering every other seat when something unexpected happened: “The campaign went through and removed the stickers,” says Thornton.

A video created by a third party and reviewed by Billboard shows Trump staffers methodically walking the aisles of BOK Center and peeling the three-inch square stickers from thousands of chairs ahead of the “Make America Great Again” rally. (Trump’s campaign did not respond to Billboard’s request for comment.)…

…While organizers faced criticism for staging a rally during a pandemic, Thornton says ASM had no legal basis to stop the event. The state’s Republican governor, its nine state supreme court justices and Tulsa’s Republican mayor signed off on the event and said it had a legal right to move forward — although mayor G.T. Bynum later said he would have supported ASM Global if it had canceled the rally, prompting mayoral aide Jack Graham to resign in protest…

…But even if ASM Global had wanted to cancel the rally, Thornton didn’t think the company had the legal authority to block the President from using the publicly-owned arena. Oklahoma state law was clear, Thornton says?: Since the state had entered phase 3 of its reactivation plan, full capacity events like the Trump campaign rally were allowed, and the city’s public safety agencies had already signed off on the event.


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  3. With all this rioting and looting going on and Democrats supporting these terrorists and encouraging them we must take the power away from them. Democrats have to much power.

  4. Millions watched President Trump on TV and on line. Mean while Biden was sequestered in his bunker where he can’t do anything to hurt himself.

  5. I’ve been saying this from the beginning. The dirty left can’t beat Trump, so they have to cheat Trump. If there is any justice or karma in this universe, Trump will win again in 2020.

  6. Oh my goodness, where do I start…as a Christian and have studied a lot of prophesy along with my husband, God talks about the end-times…but it is not now…just a preview! We must stand up to these demoncrats and fight for our rights as citizens who love America. God put President Trump in to office as He has a plan…which President Trump is implementing. The people who were in charge of the accommodations in Tulsa are evil people and should be punished! There is no end to what the demoncrats will do to get our dear President out…but God is in control! Our Repubicans in Congress need to stay strong and start standing for what is right!!!! We have too many vascillating…they need to stand up for President Trump and help him implement the God-given plans. Re-read Kenneth Clark’s comments…he is right on! We all need to get down on our knees and pray for our dear President and VP to be able to perform their duties. Let’s make it a point to get rid of these evil people who want to destroy our wonderful country. May God bless America.

  7. Millions watched President Trump’s speech on TV or on line. Meanwhile Biden hides in his bunker. I can’t help but notice that all the primary machinations that the Democraps went through in the pretense of finding the ‘people’s choice’ really came down to the person that their polls showed has the best chance of winning. It’s moot as Biden would only be a place holder for whom ever the puppet masters really want to be president.

  8. One of the names of God is Jehovah Jireh, which actually means “God Sees.” However many were in any arena for President Trump, the only arena that counts is the voting booths. We MUST keep that safe. Not only do we want President Trump and VP Pence to win in November, but we want the Senate AND The House of Representatives. That is the best way to stop this “bologna” (wink) that is going on. In God We Trust.

  9. The Dumbacrats are at it again! Lying, scheming, cheating their way to taking over our government! Since MOST conservatives are honest people, rather than the above described Dumbacrats, a lot more effort has to be used in order to get our messages out. And unfortunately, the Trump Campaign is going to have to work harder to keep what happened in Tulsa from happening at all Trump rallies this year.
    Most importantly we must all remember that the Dumbacrat Party is a party of criminals, many unindited. Not just the Clintons, the whole damn Party!

  10. democrats strike again. democrats are the lowest bscum of the earth. They pull every dirty underhanded trick they can and even make up new ones. democrats have joined the marxists now, that is why they are standing behind the blm and antifa. Even though both have proven themselves to be domestic terrorists. blm even admitted to be marxists and trained in how to topple governments. With the lack of response from people they are going to sit back do nothing and let it happen. Everyone needs to at least speak up and let the world know that no way in hel_ do we want to go soialist. Come on people.

  11. Now it seems like the arena persons had more concern over health an safety than the Trump orgnizers. Now last week it was the protesters who were blocking the entrance which kept attendes away, now since videos taken from the building video camras which cover every inch of the area around the building proved that to be a false statement. Now they have to come up with some other reason to satisfy Trump, but I bet that the same videos will prove something different about screening than is in this article. Now when every specialist says Social Distancing and Masks are essential to slowing the spread of this Virus, but Trump refuses to listen in any way.

    • NOW it seems like ‘Robert’ is posting more of his now TDS baloney (or is it bologna?). I guess he has so much hate that he can’t help him (it?) self……………
      Never mind that the ‘experts’ have flip flopped on the mask and/or the social distancing issues time after time. Perhaps a forensic accountant needs to do a deep dive on their financial dealings – like connections to the gates foundation for a start.

  12. Democrats will do anything to try to make our President look bad. Luckily they always get caught doing it. Even if the main stream media covers for them.

  13. Just won’t accept that trump continues to lose support. Excuses, lies and baseless theories abound and many supports are starting to see right thru them.

  14. Lying Dems are so desperate for President Trump to lose in November, they will stop at nothing to ensure this happens. With the assistance of George and his endless chain of money, some of which is derived from American taxpayers, they are determined to elect a mindless idiot that they keep locked in a basement lest he continue to display more and more gaffes.

    • mrp – yep – the ‘fix’ was in last time – but it didn’t work – their current mantra seems to be ‘you ain’t seen nothing yet’ regarding the depths they will sink to in order to ‘win’. With the help of those suffering from TDS (several of which post on this site) they might get their wish this time.

    • Hey mrp. I agree entirely with your general perspective. The damnocraps are desperate, and always have been. Desperate to cram their agenda down the country’s throat.

      It’s the nature of radicalism, regardless of which pole one occupies. Radicals are literally insanely connected to their causes EMOTIONALLY. The EMOTIONAL connection DRIVES them to an all-consuming desperation. A PERSISTSNT desperation that NEVER ENDS. Acheivement of one’s goal NEVER SATIATES THE DESIRE. Rather, it further STIMULATES the DESIRE, THE DRIVENNESS, THE PASSION. We see the lust routinely displayed in the public meltdowns of the sjws.

      God makes it perfectly clear, in His first commandment, especially – you shall have no other gods before Me. This described nature of radicalism is precisely what God was warning us against. Radicals believe what they do with emotional, religious fervor. In doing so, they become tyrants to and for their beliefs, whether they succeed in forcing those beliefs on others or not. THE ONLY THING IN, OR EXTERNAL TO, CREATION THAT IS WORTHY OF SUCH HUMAN DEVOTION IS GOD HIMSELF. ALL OTHER TARGETS FOR IT WILL DESTROY WHAT THEY TOUCH. NOT GOD. Hence the first commandment.

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      It’s taken a much longer time for the USA to reach the crisis point as did Israel repeatedly during it’s ancient history, but here we are. Those Israeli societies, for centuries, would hear the prophet’s warning, as a nation they would repent, they’d turn from their evil and return to God. He would ALWAYS LOVINGLY FORGIVE THEM, and receive them back when they did. As he promised them millenia ago, and still does today. We must do the same, and GOD WILL DO THE SAME FOR US. 2 Chronicles 7: 13-14.

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