TULSA, Okla. — Teens on TikTok and K-Pop fans may have inflated attendance expectations for President Trump's rally in Tulsa.
On June 11, President Trump's official rally Twitter page tweeted asking supporters to register for free tickets using their phones.
WE'REEEE BACKKKKK!— Team Trump (#TulsaTrumpRally) (@TeamTrump) June 11, 2020
President @realDonaldTrump will be in Tulsa, OK on June 19 for a Make America Great Again Rally!
Register for your FREE TICKETS on the "Trump 2020" App or visit the link below.
Text APP to 88022 to download 🇺🇸#TrumpRallyTulsa https://t.co/ysjEZqHUTM
Korean pop music groups began sharing this tweet on TikTok, asking their fans to reserve their free ticket and then not show up.
From there, the prank began to spread all across TikTok, according to the New York Times.
A lot of fans ended up sharing a video saying they're taking part in the prank, but would then delete the post so officials wouldn't hear about it and stop it.
Following the rally, President Trump's campaign manager tweeted saying that "radical protesters" were to blame for the lack of attendance at the rally.
However, U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez replied to that tweet and said "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."
Ocasio-Cortez continued on by saying "Shout out to Zoomers. Y’all make me so proud."
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— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 21, 2020
Shout out to Zoomers. Y’all make me so proud. ☺️ https://t.co/jGrp5bSZ9T
According to the New York Times, Steve Schmidt, a longtime Republican strategist added, “The teens of America have struck a savage blow against @realDonaldTrump.”
Fans even took to Twitter to share photos of the empty seats at the rally. One even thanked TikTok users and K-Pop fans for their prank.
Trump rally vs BTS stadium tour at the Rose Bowl 🤭 thank you kpop stans and tiktok users pic.twitter.com/V2TJ8NAJzN— j.BLACKLIVESMATTER (@bangtanpenguins) June 21, 2020