Teens reserved hundreds of tickets for Donald Trump’s Tulsa rally on Saturday night with no intention of attending, social media users have claimed.
Political strategist Steve Schmidt tweeted on Saturday night: ‘My 16 year old daughter and her friends in Park City Utah have hundreds of tickets. You have been rolled by America’s teens.
‘@realDonaldTrump you have been failed by your team. You have been deserted by your faithful. No one likes to root for the losing team.’
He then added: ‘This is what happened tonight. I’m dead serious when I say this. The teens of America have struck a savage blow against @realDonaldTrump. All across America teens ordered tickets to this event. The fools on the campaign bragged about a million tickets. lol.’
It prompted US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to praise the Zoomers and K-pop allies involved in reserving tickets.
The Oklahoma rally was intended to be the largest indoor gathering in the world during the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 120,000 Americans, put 40 million more out of work and upended Trump’s reelection bid.
Trump’s campaign, for its part, declared that it had received over a million ticket requests.
But in the hours before the event, crowds seemed significantly lighter than expected at the 19,000 seat BOK Center. Campaign officials scrapped plans for Trump to first address an overflow space.
The arena is seen just seven minutes before the doors were scheduled to close on Saturday
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the BOK Center
Political strategist Steve Schmidt tweeted on Saturday night: ‘My 16 year old daughter and her friends in Park City Utah have hundreds of tickets. You have been rolled by America’s teens’
MsDee replied: ‘My 18 yr old granddaughter and everyone she knows did the same :)’
PennyMoxie added: ‘My 15-year old and her friends in Denver also purchased an obscene amount of tickets. I knew teens were smarter than Trump, but I had no idea they could outwit his campaign staff.’
Political scientist Alyssa R. Williams wrote: ‘My 17 yr old daughter & friends did the same. I thought she was kidding me on how many teens were on board. Amazing!’
Teresa Moore replied: ‘It wasn’t just teenagers. I’m 60 and I’ve got 300 tickets. And I’m an Oklahoma Democrat.’
Lynn V tweeted: ‘My 16 year old son just told me he knows a bunch of KPop Stan’s who were getting tickets to the Trump Rally. He said he didn’t do it because Trump isn’t even worth a fake ticket.’
Brad Parscale, campaign manager for Trump’s 2020 campaign’s tweeted that ‘radical protestors… interfered with @realDonaldTrump supporters at the rally’. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, responded: ‘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 Shout out to Zoomers. Y’all make me so proud’
Brad Parscale, campaign manager for Trump’s 2020 campaign’s tweeted that ‘radical protestors… interfered with @realDonaldTrump supporters at the rally. They even blocked access to the metal detectors, preventing them from entering.’
Ocasio-Cortez responded: ‘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 Shout out to Zoomers. Y’all make me so proud.’
She added: ‘KPop allies, we see and appreciate your contributions in the fight for justice too.’
On Saturday, Trump tried to explain away the crowd size, blaming it on the media for declaring ‘don’t go, don’t come, don’t do anything’ while insisting there were protesters outside ‘doing bad things,’ though the small crowds of pre-rally demonstrators were largely peaceful.
‘We begin our campaign,’ Trump thundered. ‘The silent majority is stronger than ever before.’
But huge swaths of empty seats remained in the downtown arena before Trump was to take the stage. And that came on the heels of the campaign revealing that six staff members who were helping set up for the event had tested positive for the virus.
Campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said that ‘quarantine procedures were immediately implemented,’ and that neither the affected staffers nor anyone who was in immediate contact with them would attend the event.
News of the infections came just a short time before Trump departed for Oklahoma, and the president raged to aides that it was made public, according to two White House and campaign officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.
In the minutes before the president arrived at the downtown arena, Trump supporters who signed up for tickets received a text urging them to show up, declaring, ‘There´s still space!’
City officials had expected a crowd of 100,000 people or more in downtown Tulsa.