TikTok Teens And K-Pop Fans Say They Hijacked Donald Trump's Rally
It's safe to say that Donald Trump's rally didn't quite go according to plan. The US President had predicted record numbers to come out in support for him in Oklahoma, but as pictures showed, it was anything but.
And it looks as though thousands of teen TikTokers and K-Pop fans are to blame for it all. Or thank, depending on your view.
Well, according to reports, following Trump's tweet encouraging people to register - for free - to attend the event, hundreds of thousands of people started signing up and sharing the links with their friends. The only catch was that they were also telling their mates to sign up but not to actually go to it.
Soon, Trump jumped onto Twitter to say: "Almost One Million people request tickets for the Saturday Night Rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma!"
However, as photographs showed in the build up to the rally, this was not the case, with the 19,000-capacity BOK Center in Tulsa barely even half full.
Elijah Daniel participated in the campaign and said it was a very slick operation.
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Speaking to The New York Times, the 26-year-old said: "It spread mostly through Alt TikTok - we kept it on the quiet side where people do pranks and a lot of activism.
"K-pop Twitter and Alt TikTok have a good alliance where they spread information amongst each other very quickly. They all know the algorithms and how they can boost videos to get where they want."
Adding: "The majority of people who made them deleted them after the first day because we didn't want the Trump campaign to catch wind. These kids are smart and they thought of everything."
And the campaign seemingly spanned age groups.
Mary Jo Laupp, a grandmother from Iowa also took part in the attendance hijacking, posting a video encouraging people to register but not to go.
The 51-year-old told her followers: "All of those of us that want to see this 19,000 seat auditorium barely filled or completely empty go reserve tickets now and leave him standing alone there on the stage."
And despite only having a thousand or so followers at the time, she woke up the next day to find her tweet had been liked more than 700,000 times.
And the group of activists have now received praise from New York Democrat Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Responding to claims that the low turnout was due to "radical protesters" who "interfered with attendance", she wrote: "Actually you just got ROCKED by teens on TikTok."
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