Trump says a million people have requested tickets to his Tulsa rally, but it could just be because TikTok users are trolling him
President Donald Trump at a rally on November 4, 2018 in Macon, Georgia.
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TikTok users are making videos encouraging them to book and not show up free tickets to President Donald Trump's rally this weekend.
The free tickets will give attendees access to the President’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday.
Trump has said publicly that 1 million people have requested tickets, but it's unclear how many of these people are trolls.
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President Donald Trump proudly said that 1 million people have already requested tickets for his rally scheduled to take place in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday evening. However, many of these people could be trolls.
TikTok users have created videos asking people to register for tickets to his rally and then stop appearing. The efforts are aimed at creating empty spaces at the venue.
"All of us who want to see this 19,000 seat auditorium that is barely full or completely empty are now reserving tickets and leaving him alone on stage," said Mary Jo Laupp in a video she posted last week.
Laupp, who had previously worked on Pete Buttigieg's campaign in Iowa, told CNN that she had appealed after learning that the rally was to take place on June 19, a holiday that ended on June 19 of slavery in the United States. The decision to hold the rally that day in a city notorious for one of the worst incidents of racist violence in U.S. history - riots against blacks in 1921 - sparked outrage, and Trump's campaign ultimately postponed it to the following Day.
Laupp's video has been liked 625,000 times.
Several other users have posted similar videos, including one that encourages K-Pop fans who are particularly active on social media to get involved.
Appeals have also surfaced on Instagram and Twitter.
Oh no! I just reserved my tickets for the 45 rally at JUNETEENTH in TULSA and completely forgot that I had to wipe my windows that day! Now my seats will be empty! I hope that everyone who sees this is not making the same mistake I made! We want to see all 19,000 seats in full!
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Although the stunt may seem smart, it is likely to have minimal or no impact on voter turnout as the Trump campaign has not limited the number of people who can request tickets. While the registration page tells users that they can request up to two tickets, access to the rally is still given first.
Those who sign up for tickets simply provide their cell phone number and feed the campaign's data collection efforts.
When registrations for the rally exceeded 800,000, Trump's campaign manager Brad Parscale described it as "the 10-fold largest data transfer and rally registration ever".
"Leftists do this all the time. They think that when they sign up for tickets, empty spaces remain," Erin Perrine, a spokeswoman for the Trump campaign, told CNN. "Not at all. More and more ticket requests than places available at a rally. They only give us access to their contact information."
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