How TikTok Users Targeted Trump Rally

How TikTok Users Targeted Trump Rally

  • Teens and Korean music fans encouraged people to reserve tickets but not use them, showing how digital activism has come to the social platform

President Trump’s smaller-than-expected crowd at his campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla., Saturday has led TikTok users to say that their videos helped drive down attendance.

Thousands of teens on TikTok shared videos encouraging people to reserve tickets for Mr. Trump’s rally but not attend, in an attempt to protest the time and place of the rally on Juneteenth near the site of a 1921 massacre of people in an area known as Black Wall Street.

“I thought it was a wonderful idea because it’s a small way of protesting that won’t cause any violence,” said Stephanie Yu, a 16-year-old from Collegeville, Pa. She said she reserved two tickets to the rally with no intent of going.

The Trump campaign played down the effect the requests to reserve tickets for the rally had on the turnout, saying that no one who wanted a ticket was deprived of one. About 6,200 people attended the rally at the 19,000-seat BOK Center, Tulsa officials said Sunday.