Did Trump Campaign Expected Huge Tulsa Turnout Due to Tik-Tok Prank?
After a number of difficult weeks, Donald Trump was hoping to get back in his groove. The easiest way for the President to do that is to bask in the adulation of his supporters. So, despite significant concerns about COVID-19, the campaign scheduled an event in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The location wasn’t selected because it will be competitive in 2020. Trump is likely to win there by double digits. Tulsa was selected because a huge turnout was expected. That didn’t come to fruition as the arena wasn’t close to full. Over last night, a report emerged that Trump was fooled into thinking there’d be a major turnout due to a Tik Tok prank.
Tickets to the event were free. People were encouraged to make their reservations online. During the week, Brad Parscale, Kayleigh McEnany and Trump himself all bragged that over 1 million people had RSVP’d.
One MILLION ticket requests for President @realDonaldTrump’s rally on Saturday‼️
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) June 16, 2020
As it turns out, a number of people were pulling a fast one on the GOP. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “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. Shout out to Zoomers. Y’all make me so proud.”
Author Jeff Jensen wrote, “My daughter has been telling me about this all week. According to my daughter – my teen scene correspondent – K-Pop fans collaborated with Anonymous to subvert the Trump rally and claim tickets. Now that’s a Marvel Team-Up.”
According to daughter — my teen scene correspondent — K-Pop fans collaborated with Anonymous to subvert the Trump rally and claim tickets. Now that’s a Marvel Team-Up.
— Jeff Jensen (@EWDocJensen) June 21, 2020