Social media was abuzz Saturday night with claims that President Trump’s opponents, many of them teenagers and K-Pop fans, guaranteed that hundreds, even thousands of seats for the Tulsa rally were empty – by bulk “reserving” tickets they had no intention of using. .
Trump has blamed protests and media-stoked fears of the coronavirus for large swaths of empty seats.
“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,” progressive New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted at Brad Parscale, Trump’s campaign manager.
“Shout out to Zoomers,” she said, calling some of the ticket-hoarders “KPop stans.”
“Y’all make me so proud,” she added.
A loosely-organized campaign on TikTok included Trump opponents of all ages – including one calling herself “#TikTokGrandma. ”
“Go reserve tickets now and leave him standing there alone on the stage, what do you say?” she urged.
She advised that the Trump campaign was allowing reservations for two free tickets per cell phone number.
“When you register you have to give them your cell phone number,” she said in a video.
“They send you a code, you put the code in, and your tickets are reserved for you.”
Afraid the get deluged with annoying Trump campaign texts? Not to worry, she advised.
“Once you text” stop “they have to stop texting you, responding to the law” she said.
Political strategist and avowed Trump opponent Steve Schmidt claimed his 16-year-old daughter and her pals together bought “hundreds of tickets.”
“Was dead serious when I said this. The teens of America have struck a savage blow against @realDonaldTrump, ” Schmidt tweeted.