WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- TikTok users and Korean pop music fans were partly responsible over President Donald Trump’s underwhelming crowd attendance during his campaign rally event in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday.
- Various social media users registered for the event and even posted videos and photos showcasing their registered rally tickets, but only to prank the administration about the turnout of the event.
- Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale blamed the media and protesters over the “underwhelming” rally event.
TikTok users and Korean pop music fans were partly to blame over the “major setback” of President Donald Trump’s underwhelming crowd at his campaign rally event in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday.
Posting photos and videos of registered free rally tickets, social media users pranked on various platforms including the popular video-sharing app TikTok, but did not really intend to go.
Ahead of the event, Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale touted that more than one million people had requested for entrance tickets. But on Saturday, Trump and his team faced an underwhelming crowd inside the 19,000-seating arena of Bank of Oklahoma Center.
“Leftists always fool themselves into thinking they’re being clever. Registering for a rally only means you’ve RSVPed with a cell phone number,” Trump’s campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said in a statement to Reuters. “But we thank them for their contact information.”
Democrat Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, replied to Parscale’s tweet that blamed the media over the underwhelming rally event.
“Actually you just got ROCKED by teens on TikTok who flooded the Trump campaign w/ fake ticket reservations & tricked you into believing a million people wanted your white supremacist open mic enough to pack an arena during COVID. KPop allies, we see and appreciate your contributions in the fight for justice too,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
Former Republican strategist Steve Schmidt also tweeted: “My 16 year old daughter and her friends in Park City Utah have hundreds of tickets. You have been rolled by America’s teens.”
On Tuesday, CNN reported that a TikTok video posted by a user named Mary Jo Laupp, who uses the hashtag #TikTokGrandma, helped in spearheading the drill. The video has now more than 700,000 likes.
Before the rally, there were some confrontations that happened outside the arena between around 30 “Black Lives Matter” protesters and some Trump supporters.