Turnout for President Donald Trump’s Saturday evening rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma was far lower than anticipated, and a possible explanation for that fact has now emerged.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, users of social media site Tiktok and fans of Korean pop music took to social media following the event’s conclusion, claiming that they reserved hundreds of tickets for the event with no intention of actually attending.
Whether the story is true or not has yet to be confirmed, but if it can be verified, the disappointing attendance numbers might make a bit more sense.
The Daily Mail reported that the plan was put into motion earlier this month when the Trump campaign sent out a tweet asking those who wanted to attend the Tulsa rally to register for free tickets.
Following this tweet, opponents of the president are said to have hatched a strategy of reserving seats and then failing to attend the event.
Videos promoting the idea reportedly garnered millions of views before they were taken down in an attempt to keep the tactic under wraps. Nevertheless, the plan apparently continued to spread across various social media sites.
“Rolled by America’s teens”
Then, following reports of a low turnout at the Tulsa rally, anti-Trump political strategist Steve Schmidt took to social media himself to gloat about the outcome.
“My 16-year-old daughter and her friends in Park City Utah have hundreds of tickets,” Schmidt tweeted, according to The New York Times. “You have been rolled by America’s teens. @realDonaldTrump you have been failed by your team. You have been deserted by your faithful. No one likes to root for the losing team.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) also jumped into the fray, needling the Trump campaign with a tweet of her own in which she said, “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.”
According to Fox News, the Trump campaign on Sunday refuted these claims, saying:
Leftists and online trolls doing a victory lap, thinking they somehow impacted rally attendance, don’t know what they’re talking about or how our rallies work. Reporters who wrote gleefully about TikTok and K-Pop [Korean pop music] fans — without contacting the campaign for comment — behaved unprofessionally and were willing dupes to the charade.
Exercise in futility
So, by all appearances, it could be possible that there was at least some foul play involved with the Tulsa rally’s low turnout. In advance of the event, the Trump campaign said it had received over a million ticket requests, but in the end, only about 6,200 people were in attendance inside the arena, according to NBC News.
The question now is what these teen conspirators may have in mind for November. They might be able to help artificially engineer low turnout at a campaign rally, but how are they going to stop American voters from showing up at the polls and putting Trump in the Oval Office for a second straight term?