KEVIN FREKING and JONATHAN LEMIRE
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — President Donald Trump ignored health warnings and pressed ahead Saturday with a comeback rally in the midst of a pandemic, but what was meant to be a show of defiant political force was instead met with thousands of empty seats and new coronavirus cases on his own campaign staff.
The rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was intended to be the largest indoor gathering in the world during the outbreak that has killed more than 120,000 Americans, put 40 million more out of work and upended Trump's reelection bid. But in the hours before the event, crowds seemed significantly lighter than expected. Campaign officials scrapped plans for Trump to first address an overflow space.
Huge swaths of empty seats remained in the downtow