Here’s a quick recap on what went down with the Tulsa Rally and how K-POP fans and TikTok users pulled off one of the biggest pranks of 2020.
Donald Trump’s re-election campaign 2020, otherwise known as Tulsa Rally, took place last weekend at The Bank of Oklahoma Center, after it rescheduled from its initial date that so “coincidentally” fell on the Juneteenth holiday. It was a serious insult and a deaf tone from the administration, as Juneteenth holiday is America’s second most important holiday in history, which was when black people were officially freed from slavery.
The fact that it was set in Tulsa, Oklahoma, one of the States’ worst racial massacre sites, sent a clear signal that the rally is like a firm mark of white supremacy power.
Why was it underwhelmed? Well, they expected at least around 20,000 people showing up for the rally, as well as preparing for more seats in the outside area of the venue. However, fierce K-POP fans and young TikTok users teamed up in what’s best described as “the best senior prank ever” by reserving seats without the intentions of attending the rally, after Tulsa’s organizers started opening registrations for ticket seats on June 11th.
Iowa grandmother Mary Jo Laupp was one of the people who led part of the charge on the video platform, encouraging people to “go reserve tickets now and leave him standing alone there on the stage”. A Youtuber named Elijah Daniel revealed the plan spread quietly in the elite corner of TikTok, where activism and pranks are carried out regularly.
He said, “K-pop Twitter and Alt TikTok have a good alliance where they spread information amongst each other very quickly,” as well as adding, “They all know the algorithms and how they can boost videos to get where they want.”
Indeed, with recent online activism done by K-POP fans earlier this month, they certainly hold that power to turn the far-rights crying in the corner.
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Although the event’s supposed to signify the return and promised “glory” of Trump’s presidency, with many “disturbances' occurring, the rally was completely underwhelmed. As expected from his administration and the man himself, the reactions were hilarious.
Tim Murtagh, Trump campaign spokesman denounced the “leftists and online trolls doing a victory lap”. Additionally, the campaign claimed to have weeded out tens of thousands of bogus phone numbers that RSVP’d the rally, and the “phony ticket requests” didn’t include in the campaign’s possible attendance calculations. He added, “What makes this lame attempt at hacking our events even more foolish is the fact that every rally is general admission, whereas first-come-first-served entries and early registrations are not required”.
Trump’s speech during Tulsa’s rally was filled with the usual self-centeredness and pointing fingers at others. Among those who were blamed for the poor turnout of the crowd rally was Joe Biden, foreign “influences” and New York Democratic congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, for spreading a week-long of fake news involving the BLM protesters and COVID-19 fears, in which he coined China as the “Kung flu” virus spreader.
He tried using the same supremacy power cries and hate that ultimately led him to his victory back in the 2016 US election, and boasting the millions of attendees seemed like a second-hand embarrassment for him.