Donald Trump held a rally in Tulsa, OK last night with a disappointing turnout. Sources told The New York Times that Trump was “furious” at the under-attended event. At least a third of the 19,000-seat BOK Center arena was empty, even though Trump’s campaign boasted that over a million people had tried to reserve tickets to it online. A second outdoor stage was even built nearby to handle the overflow of purported attendees, but both Trump and Mike Pence cancelled appearances there and it went unused.
It’s been said that the million-plus tickets supposedly reserved might have been the result of K-pop stans and TikTok users flooding the online ordering system. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, responding to Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale, attributed the comparatively low attendance to teens. “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,” she wrote. “Shout out to Zoomers. Y’all make me so proud.”
“So there is a good deal of Twitter chatter that part of why the crowd outside and inside the Tulsa Trump rally is that KPOp fans requested masses of tickets to plus up Trump’s expectations with no intention of showing up,” Joy Reid tweeted yesterday. “Either way, anemic nunbers for Trump in a deep red state.”
In the last few months, K-pop stans and teens have mobilized their impressive social media pull to take over racist hashtags, match BTS’ $1 million Black Lives Matter donation, and even crash a Dallas police department eyewitness report app.