Donald Trump: TikTok users and K-pop fans said to be behind poor Tulsa turnout
Tik-Tok users and K-Pop fans have been behind the less-than-expected numbers at US President Donald Trump's first campaign event for months, social media users have claimed.
Trump's campaign manager had accused "radical" demonstrators and the media.
Political strategist Steve Schmidt said, however, that teenagers in the U.S. had ordered tickets without intending to show up to make sure there would be vacancies.
The campaign had reported at least one million ticket requests for the event.
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Mr. Schmidt, a critic of the president, said his 16-year-old daughter and friends had requested "hundreds" of tickets.
My 16 year old daughter and her friends in Park City, Utah have hundreds of tickets. They were rolled by America's teenagers. @realDonaldTrump Your team failed you. You were abandoned by your believers. Nobody likes to root for the losing team. @ProjectLincoln
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A number of parents replied to Mr. Schmidt's contribution that their children had done the same.
Despite Mr. Trump's campaign, which expected large crowds, the 19,000-seat arena at Tulsa's Bank of Oklahoma Center was far from crowded and plans for him to target an outside area with "overflow" were abandoned.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a leading progressive personality, praised the young people and K-Pop fans whom she said had "flooded the Trump campaign with fake ticket reservations".
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They even blocked access to the metal detectors and prevented people from entering.
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It's unclear how many of the Trump campaign's hundreds of thousands of ticket reservations were faked, but a June 12 TikTok video asking people to sign up for free tickets to make sure there were free spaces in the arena has received more than 700,000 likes.
The video was released after the original rally date for June 19 was announced.
The news had sparked angry reactions because it fell on June 19, the celebration of the end of US slavery. The location of the event, Tulsa, was also controversial as it was one of the worst racial massacres in US history.
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After the news of the smaller number of visitors came to light, the account owner, Mary Jo Laupp, praised the reaction and said to young people who were too young to vote: "Remember that you did something and information exchanged, had an impact. "
If so, it would not be the first time that social media users have shown their political impact in recent weeks.
Fans of K-Pop, South Korea's popular music industry, have drowned out hashtags used by opponents of Black Lives Matter (BLM) in recent weeks and raised money after the death of African American George Floyd last month.
There were health concerns over the conduct of the rally, the first of its kind since the blockade began in many U.S. states.
The rally participants had to sign a waiver that protects the Trump campaign from responsibility for any disease. Hours before the event started, officials said six employees involved in organizing the rally had tested positive.
Many of Mr. Trump's supporters did not wear face masks at the rally
The pandemic was a topic that Mr. Trump raised in his far-reaching, almost two-hour speech to cheering supporters in Oklahoma, a republican core country.
There had been fierce opposition to the holding of the rally during the pandemic for health reasons, including a legal challenge denied by the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
Some feared that the rally could become a "super spreader" event for corona viruses.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 2.2 million cases of Covid-19 and 119,000 deaths have been reported in the United States.
What did Trump say?
In his opening speech, Mr. Trump said that there were "very bad people outside, they were doing bad things", but did not go into details. Black Lives Matter activists were among the counter-demonstrators who gathered in front of the venue before the event.
Regarding the response to the corona virus, Trump said he had encouraged officials to slow down the tests because it would help detect more cases. He described testing as a "double-edged sword".
Participants signed a waiver that protects the Trump campaign from responsibility for disease
"Here's the bad part: if you test to this extent, you will find more people, you will find more cases," he told the cheering crowd. "So I said 'slow down testing'. You test and you test."
The corona virus, Trump said, had many names, including "Kung Flu", a xenophobic term that appears to be a reference to China, where Covid-19 originated.
Nearly 120,000 people have died of Covid-19 in the United States since the pandemic began. According to health experts, this number could have been much higher if the tests had not been increased. According to health authorities, it is important to test where and how widespread the coronavirus is, and therefore prevent further deaths.
A White House official later said the president was "obviously joking" about Covid 19 tests.
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Trump targeted his democratic presidential rival and described Joe Biden as "a helpless puppet of the radical left."
The president also struck a belligerent tone when he raised protests against racism - and the overthrow of statues - that began in Minneapolis after the police murdered an unarmed black man, George Floyd.
"The carefree left-wing mob tries to destroy our history, desecrate our monuments - our beautiful monuments -, tear down our statues and punish, cancel and persecute anyone who does not meet their demands for absolute and complete control. We are not . " compliant, "he told the crowd.
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