AOC colludes with TikTok to disrupt Trump’s Tulsa speech
Following President Trump’s Saturday evening speech in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a barrage of media reports pointing to empty seats in the upper deck at the event stirred debate and controversy—pitting the Trump campaign against a Democratic member of congress. Both have differing accounts of why this event was not jam-packed like most of Trump’s personal appearances.
Saturday evening, Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted, “Radical protestors [sic], fueled by a week of apocalyptic media coverage, interfered with @realdonaldtrump supporters at the rally. They even blocked access to the metal detectors, preventing people from entering. Thanks to the 1,000s who made it anyway.”
Some accounts number the crowd in attendance at 6,200.
Parscale’s tweet prompted controversial Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to counterclaim that the campaign reservations system had been sabotaged in a concerted effort for which Ocasio-Cortez seemed to take some credit:
“Actually you just got ROCKED by teens on TikTok who flooded the Trump campaign w/ fake ticket reservations & tricked you into believing a million people wanted your white supremacist open mic enough to pack an arena during COVID Shout out to Zoomers. Y’all make me so proud,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
Later, Ocasio-Cortez also thanked fans of Korean pop music:
“KPop allies, we see and appreciate your contributions in the fight for justice too”
By Sunday, Parscale had issued a statement mocking Ocasio-Cortez’s account of why there were empty seats at the venue:
“Leftists and online trolls doing a victory lap, thinking they somehow impacted rally attendance, don’t know what they’re talking about or how our rallies work. Reporters who wrote gleefully about TikTok and K-Pop fans — without contacting the campaign for comment – behaved unprofessionally and were willing dupes to the charade… These phony ticket requests never factor into our thinking. What makes this lame attempt at hacking our events even more foolish is the fact that every rally is general admission — entry is on a first-come-first-served basis and prior registration is not required.”
Parscale’s Sunday statement again reiterated that the mainstream media was responsible:
“The fact is that a week’s worth of the fake news media warning people away from the rally because of COVID and protesters, coupled with recent images of American cities on fire, had a real impact on people bringing their families and children to the rally.”
For some, this relitigates the thorny issue of the disparity in news coverage of massive Black Lives Matter protests which seem to engender praise and encouragement from many journalists versus media warnings that a Trump rally could cause a spike in Covid-19 virus infections.
For Parscale, the issue is less ambiguous:
“For the media to now celebrate the fear that they helped create is disgusting, but typical.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s praise for her followers using Chinese-owned TikTok to help disrupt Trump’s campaign event even raises questions about foreign interference. Many Twitter users responded by denouncing the freshman congresswoman for “colluding” with a hostile foreign power to influence the 2020 election outcome.
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