President Trump’s campaign promised huge crowds at his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday, but it failed to deliver. Hundreds of teenage TikTok users and K-pop fans say they’re at least partially responsible. There was a trend going on TikTok where users would reserve tickets to the rally, but they had no plans of actually going. This resulted in an inflated number of expected people at the rally.
Many users deleted their posts after 24 to 48 hours in order to conceal their plan and keep it from spreading into the mainstream internet.
Approximately 1 million people registered, but there were only 6,200 scanned tickets of attendees. (that number would not include staff, media or those in box suites). The venue, BOK Center, has a 19,000-seat capacity, which means approximately only 35% of the venue was occupied.
Some news shots made it apparent that the rally wasn’t that packed, while others kept the camera focus on Trump.
Even Trump posted specific pictures of the rally that made it seem like the rally was packed.
However, it should be noted that this prank only inflated expectations for the rally. This didn’t stop people from entering.