Singer Pink, a longtime critic of President Donald Trump, mocked him for the smaller-than-expected crowd at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma Saturday night. The singer joked that she "sold that same place out in five minutes" and called the event a "donkey show." The crowd was so unexpectedly small that Trump's campaign canceled a speech to the "overflow" crowd outside the center because the crowd was not big enough.
The Trump re-election campaign was expecting a crowd so big that not everyone could get into the 19,000-seat BOK Center. They even set up a full stage outside the venue so Trump and Vice President Mike Pence could both speak to the "overflow" crowd. Video shows the Secret Service breaking down the outdoor stage, which even had a bulletproof shield standing in front of the lectern where Trump would have spoken.
Trump's campaign blamed the decision to cancel the "overflow" event on protesters. "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," campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said in a statement to NPR. "Sadly, protestors interfered with supporters, even blocking access to the metal detectors, which prevented people from entering the rally. Radical protestors, 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."
Pink has made it clear over the years she is not a fan of Trump. In a series of tweets on June 1, the "Beautiful Trauma" singer mocked Trump's response to the protests of police brutality and systemic racism, calling him a "coward and a racist and just like everything else you've attempted in your life, A COMPLETE AND UTTER FAILURE." She said she could not wait to "vote you out in November."
The "Sober" singer also shared a long video on Twitter earlier this month, wondering how anyone could consider themselves a patriot while supporting Trump. She said Trump "doesn't govern, respect or represent half our country." Pink and husband Carey Hart also attended a Black Lives Matter protest, with both wearing face masks to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. When people bombarded her post with "All lives matter" comments, she wrote to one person, "Why are some white people so threatened by fairness? It shows how small you are."