Weeks before President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, tech-savvy youngsters opposing the president organized groups to reserve tickets for the event they didn’t have plans of attending, said an AP News report.
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Although it is unlikely that they were responsible for the low-turnout, their actions may have resulted in the disappointment of the organizers.
After all, they have been expecting a bigger number of participants.
“My 16-year-old daughter and her friends in Park City Utah have hundreds of tickets, tweeted Steve Schmidt, a Republican campaign strategist. “You have been rolled by America’s teens,” he added, referring to Trump.
Schmidt’s tweet garnered hundreds of thousands of likes and replies from parents whose kids did the same thing.
US Representative, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also commended the teenagers for tricking the system.
“Shout out to Zoomers. Y’all make me so proud.” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
On another post, she thanked the “Kpop allies” for their “contribution in the fight for justice”.
According to Fox News, it is not clear if Ocasio-Cortez knew of the plan in advance or just reacting to the reports.
Mary Jo Laupp, 51, posted on TikTok last week to encourage people in participating in the said event, said a CNN report.
Laupp told her then 1000 followers to reserve tickets for the rally and leave Trump standing alone on the stage.
Apparently, the video’s views blew up overnight and other people who were inspired followed suit.
“It spread mostly through Alt TikTok – we kept it on the quiet side where people do pranks and a lot of activism, Youtuber Elijah Daniel told the Tiimes.
He added that “Kpop Twitter and Alt TikTok have a good alliance” and a good sense with algorithms. As a result, they were able to control and “boost the videos to get where they want”.
People deleted their posts after 24-48 hours to limit the posts spread to mainstream social media, said the Times.
“These kids are smart and they thought of everything,” Daniel said.