Tik-Tok users and K-Pop fans are said to be behind the small turnout at President Donald Trump’s first campaign rally in months. Mr Trump’s campaign manager had blamed “radical” protesters and the media, but political strategists say that teenagers across the US ordered tickets without intending to turn up to ensure there would be empty seats.
The campaign had reported at least one million ticket requests for the event and anticipated large crowds, but the 19,000-seat arena at at Tulsa’s Bank of Oklahoma Center was far from full and plans for him to address an outside “overflow” area were abandoned.
It is unclear how many of the hundreds of thousands of ticket reservations touted by the Trump campaign were fake, but one TikTok video encouraging people to sign up for free tickets to ensure there would be empty seats at the arena has received more than 700,000 likes.
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