TikTok Users and K-Pop Fans Take Credit for Inflating Trump Rally Attendance Expectations
Trump’s Tulsa rally was originally predicted to have over 800,000 ticket requests for his first rally amid the COVID-19 pandemic held in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The rally was already under scrutiny as COVID-19 continues to spike across the nation as well as for the original date planned for the rally. Trump was planning to hold the rally on June 19th, which is designated as Juneteenth, a holiday to mark the freedom of slaves in Texas who did not know they had been freed until two years after the law was passed. This was seen in poor taste, as Tulsa is also the site of the Tulsa Massacre where over 300 Black people lost their lives when a white mob burned downed the affluent community which included Black doctors, lawyers, and professionals.
Before entering each guest will get:
There will be precautions for the heat and bottled water as well.
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) June 15, 2020
He quickly changed the date, and his supporters continued to brag on social media on the numbers of people that reserved seats to Trump’s rally.
Big crowds and lines already forming in Tulsa. My campaign hasn’t started yet. It starts on Saturday night in Oklahoma!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 19, 2020
Twitter was quick to correct Trump and his team after seeing the low number of attendees which was said to have barely surpassed 6,000 people with videos and images of empty stadium seats, the breakdown of Trump’s overflow stage, and a visibly sparse stadium floor and surrounding outside areas.
Thank you so much to these amazing teenagers. You may not be able to vote in November but you can still help save America!
— Mrs. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) June 21, 2020
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. ☺️ https://t.co/jGrp5bSZ9T
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 21, 2020
The younger generation is using their voice in a unique way and showing it to be powerful and effective. These are the same fans who flooded pro-police, white power, and all lives matter hashtags with information about the Black Lives Matter movement earlier this June.
Gen Z has proven themselves powerful and relentless time and time again. They took to Twitter to celebrate their victory as the “best senior prank…”
LITERALLY … thank you. I just love this so much best senior prank and best grad present truly. https://t.co/hMYUWCqs2t
— KEEP THE BALL ROLLING (@kai8marie) June 22, 2020