Trump’s Tulsa Rally – President Donald Trump gathered and made his first rally on Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Many expected that the rally will be filled with supporters and thundering noises and cheers will be heard in Bank of Oklahoma Center and an outdoor “overflow” section but it only had much smaller gathering, with so many empty seats. On Monday’s episodes of their late night shows hosts and performers, Jimmy Fallon Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, James Cordenand Trevor Noah all make fun with the tragic rally of the President.
The Late Night Host and performer Jimmy Fallon funnily counted the number of rally attendees in Trump’s Tulsa Rally “Trump’s had more former staffers write books about him than that,” he said. “Six-thousand-two-hundred people is not a rally. It’s a graduation at a small liberal arts college.”
While the low attendance could be connected to coronavirus and social-distancing concerns, TikTok users and K-pop fans was ready to spark a prank and allegedly reserved thousands of free tickets to the Trump event with no plans to go to the actual rally physically. The late night hosts seemingly amused and has vocally publicized their support for and pride in the big prank to date.
“There hasn’t been a coordinated social media effort like this since they changed Sonic the Hedgehog’s teeth,” Fallon said.
James Corden and Noah were similar to encourage the kids to the crime-solving Scooby-Doo gang, noting “[Trump] would have gotten away with it too if it weren’t for those meddling kids.”
But Noah emphasized the mere difference between the president and traditional Scooby-Doo characters.
“At least Scooby-Doo villains wear masks,” he quipped.
With the criticisms the Tulsa rally’s small turnout receives, late night hosts also made mentioned Trump’s “walk of shame” following the event. When President Trump returned to the White House from Tulsa, Trump was spotted holding his red “Make America Great” hat in hand and red tie undone, looking “like a drunk wedding guest shuffling back to the Marriott,” Meyers jokingly remarked. “Somehow this is the perfect image to sum up the Trump presidency.”
Trevor Noah clearly pointed out the violence-heavy portrayals of police and law-enforcement officers on TV and social media.
“Believe it or not, watching cop shows makes a lot of people see the police as infallible,” Noah said. “And honestly, I don’t blame any of these people. I’ll admit a lot of my perceptions about reality have been shaped by TV, as well.”
During the show, Noah shared a video compilation that highlights on-screen cops using their power and brutal remarks towards suspected criminals in shows including NCIS: Los Angeles, Law & Order: SVU and Bones. Noah emphasized on his show that no other group of professionals even normal citizens is portrayed as behaving so violently and inhumane. He also said that TV shows and movies influences the perception that the police officers have the audacity to threaten and beat their criminals because of the entitled power they have.
“TV is a powerful tool that shapes how the public sees the police,” the late-night host said. “[It] shapes how the public sees the police’s role in society and how accountable they should be.”
“To all those show creators, directors and writers in Hollywood who make these cop shows and have been tweeting that something needs to be done about the police, well, one way you can help make a difference is if you do something about the police on screen,” Noah said.
On the other hand, Colbert pointed on how the Trump administration made public and lavish advertisements calling it as “The Great American Comeback Festival.”
“This indoor rally of thousands of screaming fans was a chance for a comeback for Trump and COVID-19,” Colbert joked. “One of them’s gonna have a really good fall.”
Colbert also grilled out also the lack of people that makes it pretty obvious that there were many empty seats. The outdoor space of the rally was expected to hold 40,000 supporters, but instead held 25 people, according to a CNN report Colbert referenced.
“That’s not a presidential rally, that’s the private party room at the Olive Garden,” he said.
Meyers also took a shot at the low attendance: “Wow I’ve seen less empty seats at an improve show.”