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Tulsa Fire Marshall in Center of Dispute Over Trump Rally Attendance

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the BOK Center, Saturday, June 20, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla.
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Mayor trusts fire department to have an impartial and accurate number

FirefighterNation Staff

TULSA, Oklahoma – Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum says the answer to the discrepancy over the attendance at President Donald Trump’s rally is somewhere in the middle of 6,200 and 12,000, but that he trusts the fire marshal’s count.

Public Radio Tulsa reported that the Tulsa Fire Department’s fire marshal had a count of 6,200 and the Trump campaign stated 12,000 for Saturday’s rally.

“I want to put an asterisk on the fire marshal’s designation, because that does not include people that were in suites in the BOK Center or staff that were there,” Bynum said.

Public Radio Tulsa said the Tulsa Fire Department did not respond to repeated requests for comment but told other news outlets that approximately 6,200 tickets were scanned.

That figure does not include staff, media, or attendees in the arena suites.

A Trump campaign spokesperson told Fox News that the fire department’s numbers were inaccurate, saying, “The fire marshal estimate is wrong against this deluge of negative scare tactics by the media because they don’t want President Trump back on the campaign trail.”

A spokesperson for the mayor told Public Radio Tulsa that the mayor trusts the fire department to have an impartial and accurate assessment.