AOC Boasts TikTok Teens Sabotaged Trump's Tulsa Turnout By Fake Registrations

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by Tyler Durden
Sunday, Jun 21, 2020 - 01:35 PM

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter Saturday night to gloat over the apparent low turnout at Trump's much touted Tulsa campaign rally earlier in the day.

She boasted that teens across the nation and around the world had scammed the event by registering for spots, snagging up mass tickets online in order to prevent others from attending, leaving most of the arena barren and empty. 

According to a Forbes report on Sunday, while the BOK Center's total capacity is near 20,000 - about 6,200 people showed up, bused on Tulsa Fire Department numbers.

Just ahead of Saturday's campaign rally at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Getty Images.

The New York Times also reported on the organized attempt to scam the Trump campaign by ensuring a low turnout, saying "hundreds of teenage TikTok users and K-pop fans say they’re at least partially responsible."

However, the media reports appear driven purely by anecdotal evidence like Twitter testimonials among teens and parents claiming success in the scheme.

For example, AOC's "shout out to Zoomers" for what she called the "fake ticket reservations" appears based not on direct knowledge of it actually taking place, but merely on media reports. 

The New York Times reports Sunday:

TikTok users and fans of Korean pop music groups claimed to have registered potentially hundreds of thousands of tickets for Mr. Trump’s campaign rally as a prank. After the Trump campaign’s official account @TeamTrump posted a tweet asking supporters to register for free tickets using their phones on June 11, K-pop fan accounts began sharing the information with followers, encouraging them to register for the rally — and then not show.

One Trump 2020 Campaign spokesman, Tim Murtaugh, did acknowledge some degree of protester interference

His criticism appeared aimed at protesters at the event who "blocked access to the metal detectors, preventing people from entering."

The "buying up tickets" scheme has been widely reported, but still remains largely unverified outside of things like TikTok videos instructing people to participate in the "trick".

Meanwhile, a Trump campaign spokesperson was on the defensive on the Sunday morning shows, ultimately blaming tensions surrounding anti-Trump protesters at the event blocking entry, while also saying the televised and digital media reach was at over five million viewers.

But then the low turnout could could also be explained by the resurgence of growing COVID-19 case numbers in Oklahoma and other states ahead of the Trump campaign's first major indoor event.

Just hours before the Tulsa rally, six staffers working on the rally tested positive for the coronavirus. No doubt this likely gave many ticket-holders last minute second thoughts.