The campaign was so confident about high turnout that it set up an overflow area that was expected to attract thousands. But that plan was scrapped last-minute when only dozens gathered at the time the vice president and president were set to address the crowd before the official rally inside.

“It’s politics 101, you under-promise and over-deliver,” a Trump ally explained, conceding the missteps the Trump 2020 team took in the lead up to the event by touting that nearly one million people had responded to requests for admission…

There are growing concerns among Trump campaign officials that neither the president nor the 2020 team have a coherent message for why he should serve a second term. Saturday evening’s meandering, nearly two-hour rally speech, is the latest evidence of a lack of a targeted strategy to attack Biden, with less than five months to go until the general election…

“This was a major failure,” one outside adviser said.