The mega-rally that President Donald Trump held in Tulsa, OK happened on schedule, but it wasn’t the sell-out that everyone expected. Media screamed and howled about the event; how it was dangerous in light of coronavirus to have that many people together, and how infection rates were on the rise in certain areas. Again, the media pushed their favorite refrain that Trump is anti-science, and gathering together in support of him is irresponsible.
But the culprit, it seems, for the lower than expected attendance (but still more than Joe Biden could rally to his basement) was a social media scam. As reported by the Baltimore Sun:
TikTok users and fans of Korean pop music groups claimed to have registered potentially hundreds of thousands of tickets for Trump’s rally as a prank. After @TeamTrump tweeted asking supporters to register for free tickets using their phones June 11, K-pop fan accounts began sharing the information with followers, encouraging them to register for the rally — and then not show.
The app in question, Tik Tok, is owned by China, and many, including Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana, have been very open about the continued push of China to interfere in American life.
The scam caught on. Videos appeared on the app encouraging people to register for tickets, then no-show the event, leaving large amounts of empty seats. Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale responded to the lower-than-expected attendance on Twitter:
Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign communications director, stated, “Radical protesters, coupled with a relentless onslaught from the media, attempted to frighten off the president’s supporters. We are proud of the thousands who stuck it out.”
Enter Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who took the moment to mock Parscale and Trump: