Chris Wallace desperate to stick to low rally turnout narrative in tense segment with Mercedes Schlapp

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Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace appeared to suggest during his program on Sunday that empty seats at President Donald Trump’s Tulsa rally Saturday evening were the result of a lack of support, not due to well-publicized efforts by Left-wing activists to sabotage the event.

In an interview with Mercedes Schlapp, a senior adviser to the Trump campaign, Wallace noted that previously, the campaign announced that although more than 1 million people had requested tickets for the venue, “we all saw the pictures last night, that the arena was no more than two-thirds full, and the outdoor rally that had been planned for the overflow crowd was canceled because there was no overflow crowd.”

He prodded: “What happened?” 


(Source: Fox News)

“Let me explain when it comes to understanding how the rallies work, it’s a first-come, first-served basis,” Schlapp began. “Basically, what the one million RSVPs include, it’s an opportunity for us to gather data, to get information, obviously.

“So, the key here that is important is to understand…[supporters] were concerned about the protesters who were coming in,” Schlapp continued, noting that she has family who lives near Tulsa who confirmed that.

She also noted that protesters were involved in blocking the entrances to the venue, and were also engaged in other acts of violence.

“We saw that had an impact in terms of people coming to the rally,” she continued. “But what was amazing, Chris, is the fact that over 5.3 million people watched it on all of our digital media channels, and so the reach was far and wide.”

Schlapp noted further that figure did not include the number of television viewers.

“We also did a pre-rally show, and that was over two million views,” she said.

But, Wallace interjected, “the fact is, the president talks about the attendance at his events,” including bragging about his inauguration and how “he can fill an arena but [presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee] Joe Biden can’t.”

“He didn’t fill an arena last night, and you guys were so far off that you had planned an outdoor rally, and there wasn’t an overflow crowd,” Wallace said, claiming that a Fox News correspondent on the ground in Tulsa reported that protesters did not stop Trump supporters from coming or getting into the venue.

Schlapp pushed back hard on that obvious falsehood.

“I’m telling you, there were people and families that couldn’t bring their children because of concerns over protesters,” she said.

“But let me make this clear: Joe Biden has an event with empty folding chairs and painted circles on the floor. I’d love to see a Joe Biden rally. Let’s bring it on because there is no comparison.”

“Mercedes, please don’t filibuster,” Wallace interjects. “We’re showing pictures here of empty areas. Frankly, it makes you guys look silly when you deny the reality of what happened.”

In fact, as evidenced by social media posts and other reporting, there were several impediments to attending the rally, thus corroborating Schlapp’s claims that scores of Trump supporters were justified in choosing instead to keep their distance. 

In one instance, an unidentified substance was thrown on a female Trump supporter, who reacted angrily.

**Language warning**

“I want to know who this ‘man’ is — attacking a woman! You’re all twisted! [The Democrats] are f*cking you up! The Democratic Party has screwed your minds up, and I don’t know how we’re gonna get you back to unite!” she yelled.

In another instance, a Black Lives Matter protester and a Trump supporter had to be separated by a National Guard soldier and a police officer.

After the event, reporter Drew Hernandez shared additional video of angry confrontations between BLM activists and Trump supporters trying to get back to their vehicles.

Also, according to One America News’ Alex Salvi, “Black Lives Matter protesters are reportedly blocking some of the gates into the Tulsa Trump rally. Police are moving them back to reopen the entrance.”

In addition, the campaign appears to have been ‘punked’ by Leftist activists who used social media platforms like China’s Tik Tok to request and obtain large numbers of tickets so the event would look less than full.

The political dirty trick was celebrated by a socialist lawmaker from New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who also accused President Trump of being a “white supremacist.”

The Washington Examiner’s chief political correspondent, Byron York, tweeted how activists hijacked the event.

Jon Dougherty

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